Nagpur: “The government is in the process of setting up an equal opportunities commission which will deal with discrimination faced by minorities in areas like employment, education and housing ,” union minister for minorities Salman Khurshid said on Monday.
A draft bill to set up the commission to thwart discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, gender and language will be brought up before the next session of the Parliament.
“The commission will be headed by a retired judge of either the Supreme Court or a high court with four-five members,” Khurshid told reporters here.
“The government has decided to set up the commission on the recommendations of a committee headed by Mahdav Menon and it would function like any other existing 13 national level commissions,” he said.
Meanwhile, talking about his ministry, Khurshid said that the centre has identified 90 districts in the country where 25% population was of a particular minority community and has earmarked Rs2,500 crores for the development of these districts in the current five-year plan.
On alleged detention of bollywood star Shahrukh Khan at an airport in the US, Khurshid expressed his regret over the incident but declined to comment saying that the ministry of external affairs was already seized of the issue.
“It does not reflect the policies of Barak Obama administration,” he observed.