Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that it is our duty to protect the rights of people of all faiths, communities, castes and creed.
In a tweet, she said “Today is #MinorityRightsDay.
India is the land of unity in diversity, and it is our duty to protect the rights of people of all faiths, communities, castes and creeds. We believe in communal harmony. Unity is strength. Divided we fall”.
The chief minister said the West Bengal government runs the ‘Aikyashree’ scheme to provide scholarships to minority students.
“Since 2011, 2.03 crore scholarships worth Rs 5,657 crore have been provided to minority students, the highest in the country”, she tweeted.
The Aikyashree scheme provides scholarship to students belonging to the minority community of financially poor background. It also provides training to students for various competitive exams and training programmes to develop and upgrade their skills.