The trend of not giving the Ministry of Minority Affairs to Muslims continues in Modi 3.0, for the first time a Buddhist is given the command

Kiren Rijiju has been made the Minister of Minority Affairs in Modi Cabinet 3.0. In the form of Kiren Rijiju, the Minority Ministry has got a Buddhist minister for the first time. To assist him, George Kurien, a Christian from Kerala, will be the Minister of State.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs was formed in January 2006. Since then, till 2022, the Ministry of Minority Affairs remained headed by a Muslim. When Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi resigned a day before the end of his term as a Rajya Sabha member in July 2022, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani was given additional charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. Since then, the ministry has not been headed by a Muslim minister.

Kiren Rijiju appointed Minister of Minority Affairs

Kiren Rijiju has been given the Ministry of Minority Affairs along with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. One reason for giving him this ministry could also be that the BJP does not have any Muslim MP face left.

Who have been the Minister of Minority Affairs so far

Minister of Minority Affairs Tenure
AR Antulay January 2006 to May 2009
Salman Khurshid May 2009 to October 2012
K Rehman Khan October 2012 to May 2014
Najma Heptulla May 2014 to July 2016
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi July 2016 to May 2019, May 2019 to July 2022
Smriti Irani July 2022 to June 2024
Kiren Rijiju From 10 June 2024 till now

Kiren Rijiju has won the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 from Arunachal Pradesh West seat. Rijiju has previously been the Cabinet Minister of Earth Sciences and Food Processing Industries in the Government of India from 2023 to June 2024.

Earlier he served as Minister of State for Home from 2014 to 2019, Minister of State for Minority Affairs from 2019 to 2021, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Sports and Youth Affairs from 2019 to 2021 and Law Minister since 2021. He has served as Minister of State (MoS) with Independent Charge for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS for Minority Affairs, MoS for Home Affairs and Minister of Law and Justice. His tenure as Law Minister was marked by several controversies. On May 18, 2023, he was appointed as the Minister of Earth Sciences.


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Will work to fulfill the Prime Minister’s dream of developed India – Kiren Rijiju

Rijiju, who was sworn in as a cabinet minister in the third Narendra Modi government on Sunday, said he will continue to work with full sincerity and dedication to fulfill the prime minister’s dream of a developed India. “It is a privilege and honour to serve as a minister for the third time under Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he told news agency PTI.

Who are the minorities in India?

The Ministry of Minority Affairs is a ministry of the Government of India which was created on 29 January 2006 by separating it from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It is an apex body working for the development work of the Central Government for minority communities. Currently Kiren Rijiju is the Minister of Minority Affairs who is in office from 10 June 2024 and the Minister of State is George Kurien (from June 2024).

It is noteworthy that the minority communities in India, which include Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains, are eligible for recognition as Minority Communities under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 in the Gazette of India. [2] have been notified as minority religious communities in the.


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Budget of Ministry of Minority Affairs

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Interim Budget 2024-25 in the Lok Sabha in February 2024. This was her sixth consecutive budget. This year a budget of Rs 3,183.24 was released to the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

The budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Minority Affairs was increased by Rs 574.27 crore to Rs 3,183.24 crore for 2024-25 compared to Rs 2,608.93 crore in 2023-24. The budget allocation for the ministry in 2023-24 was Rs 3,097.60. However, the revised budget was Rs 2,608.93, according to official documents.

Out of the proposed allocation for the ministry, Rs 1,575.72 crore was earmarked for education empowerment. Allocations for pre-matric scholarships for minorities were Rs 326.16 crore and post-matric scholarships for minorities were Rs 1,145.38 crore.


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Minority Population in India

The share of the majority Hindu population in India declined by 7.82% between 1950 and 2015, while the share of the minority population, including Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists, increased during this period. According to the paper presented at the EAC-PM (Economic Advisory Council to the PM), the share of the majority Hindu population in India declined by 7.82% between 1950 and 2015 (from 84.68% to 78.06%) while the share of the Muslim population increased (from 9.84% in 1950 to 14.09% in 2015). Similarly, the share of the Christian population increased from 2.24% to 2.36%, the share of the Sikh population increased from 1.24% to 1.85%. At the same time, the Buddhist population increased from 0.05% to 0.81% in six decades. However, the share of Jains in India’s population declined from 0.45% to 0.36%, while the Parsi population declined from 0.03% to 0.004%.

According to the 2011 census, the population of India is 1.21 billion. In which the population of Hindus is 79.80% and the population of Muslims is 14.23%.

Religious Groups Population (%)
Hindu 79.80
Muslim 14.23
Christian 2.37
Sikh 1.72
Buddhist 0.70
Jain 0.37


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