Ministry of Minority Affairs implements an exclusive scheme “Nai Roshni” for Leadership Development of Minority Women with an aim to empower and instil confidence in women by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with Government systems, banks and intermediaries at all levels.
The implementation of the scheme was started in 2012-13. It is implemented through Non -Governmental Organizations (NGOs) all over the country. From 2015-16, the proposals are received online on Online Application Management System (OAMS) to improve transparency.
The scheme provides one week training programmes followed by handholding for a period of one year. The scheme also permits a mix of women from non-minority communities not exceeding 25% of a project proposal to further strengthen the solidarity and unity in the society.
The training is provided on various training modules covering issues relating to women viz. Leadership of Women through participation in decision making, Educational Programmes for women, Health and Hygiene, Legal rights of women, Financial Literacy, Digital Literacy, Swachch Bharat, Life Skills and Advocacy for Social and Behavioural change.