The very first Minority Commission which had only one member was constituted in Uttar Pradesh on 01 July, 1969. Later under the chairmanship of Late Shri Nasrullah Beg, retired Chief Justice, Hon’ble High Court, the Minority Commission was set up. At that time one person belonging to the communities Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribe each was nominated in this commission as member. Apart from above Secretary, National Integration Department, Director, Harijan and Social Welfare Department and Inspector General of Police (OSD) were nominated as ex-officio member of this commission. Later this commission was provided with legal recognition and Muslims, Bouddh, Parsis, Sikh-Christians were included in minorities. It was ruled out in the Act that Chairman and 6 members will be in the board of commission including 1 woman member.
Tenure of the Chairman and members of the commission is one year.
Functions of the commission are as under :-
The commission will comply with all of any of the below mentioned works :-
- To evaluate the progress of development of minorities in Uttar Pradesh,
- To monitor the works related with safeguard of minorities as provided in the regulated rules passed by Law and State Legislature,
- To recommend to government for effective implementation for safeguard of interests of minorities
- To look after the cases related with safeguards and rights of minorities and put up such cases with competent authorities
- To order study for issues raised because of any discrimination against minorities and recommend the methods to dispose of such issues
- To operate the studies, research and analysis related with the economical, educational and social development of the minorities
- To suggest to government for suitable remedial action against any minority,
- To submit report to government either periodical or special, regarding any issue or difficulties being faced by the minorities, and
- Any other issue which is assigned to the commission by State Government
Government will put up the recommendations, as directed in the clause (c) of sub-section (1) or making clear the action taken on the proposals and if any action has not been take then with a clarification, before each house of State Legislature.
Commission will be delegated with all such powers which rest with a civil court while hearing any suit as explained in the clause (a), (b) and (d) of sub-section (1), and specially when related with the undermentioned subjects-:
- To summon any person, to ensure its presence and examine her/him at the time of oath
- To ask display and produce any document
- To have evidence on the affidavits
- To ask any public documents or its copy issued from any court, to issue commission for witnesses and documents, and
- Any other assigned task
On 12 November, 2002 the Minority Commission was re-organized and Hon’ble Chairman took over the charge. All the six members also have taken over the charge (whose details are attached). Hon’ble Chairman took a tour to minority dominated districts and studied their problems. He heard the problems of minorities in district Meerut, Muzaffar Nagar, Dehra Doon, Nainital, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur and Agra and made solution for many of them on the spot with the help of local officials. It was communicated with minorities that government is alert about the rights given to them by law and minority commission has also been constituted with this objective.
Letters related with problems of minorities are submitted to senior officers for the inspections remarks and necessary action (Pre-defined format is attached), reminders are sent in case when inspection reports and action taken reports are not received. Commission takes action after receiving inspection report and examining over those.
Summons is issued on the discretion of Hon’ble Chairman in important matters (Format attached). On such cases, hearing is done by Hon’ble Chairman and order passed accordingly. Concerned department is communicated with the order issued by the Commission and concerned officer is expected to comply with the orders.
Commission has been provided with an amount of Rs. 10.00 Lakh (Rs. Ten Lakhs only) for research/study work related with economical, social and educational development of minorities, but this amount couldn’t be utilized because of absence of a suitable agency, the amount is deposited in State Bank of Patiala, Jawahar Bhavan, Lucknow.
Appointment of officers/employees is done by the secretariat administration of the government for discharging the works assigned to the Commission, details of such officers/employees is attached according to the list.
An amount of Rs. 26.75 Lakh has been provisioned by the government for establishment related expenses of Commission for the FY 2001-2002, Rs. 35.00 Lakh in the FY 2002-2003 and a proposal for allocation of Rs. 92.00 Lakh has been submitted to government for the FY 2003-2004.