Delhi Minorities Commission has been established by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi to safeguard the rights and interests of the minority communities in the NCT of Delhi and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Minority Community means a community notified as such by the Central Govt. as per the provisions of the National Commission for Minorities Act 1992. Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist and Jain communities are declared as minority communities in the NCT of Delhi.
The Commission has an advisory role while
1. Examining the working of various safeguards provided in the Constitution of India or laws enacted by Parliament and the laws passed by the Legislative Assembly of Delhi for the protection of the Minority Communities, and to make recommendations to ensure their effective implementation.
2. Submitting a Special Report on matters of public importance pertaining to the interests of minority communities..
3. Having right to be heard by the Minister-in-Charge.
4. Preparing an Annual Report to be laid before the Assembly.
Grievances Redressal Mechanism
1. It is a redressal forum for grievances received from people of minority communities.
2. An individual can file a complaint either online or in person or by post against any deprivation & discrimination on grounds of religion of the minority community. The Commission calls for a report from the concerned Department or Agency on the complaint. The report is examined in the Commission vis-à-vis facts given in the complaint. If required, the complainant is asked to send some fresh facts or file a rejoinder keeping in view the report of the Department/Agency. Wherever it is felt to take up hearing of the case, both the parties are called before the Commission to present their views and counter views, and based on the same the Commission takes its decision. Wherever required, the concerned Department/Agency is given appropriate directions to resolve the grievance//complaint of the petition/complainant in a time bound manner. However, whenever and at whatever stage, the Commissions feels that no further intervention is required, the case is closed. The ultimate objective remains to resolve the grievance//complaint of the petition/complainant to the maximum satisfaction of the petitioner/complainant.
3. The complaints received from persons other than those belonging to minority communities or anonymous complaints or against matters which are sub-judice, are not entertained.
4. As a redressal forum, it is a quasi-judicial body having all the powers of a civil court to the extent of enforcing attendance of witnesses and summoning records, recording evidence on oath, while trying a suit.
NOTE: The format of the complaint letter is given below:
The Secretary Delhi Minorities Commission C-Block (1st Floor), Vikas Bhawan New Delhi-110002.
Subject : __________________________________
I __________________________________s/o/d/o/w/o _____________________________ r/o _______________________________________ do hereby present my under mentioned complaint against (Name of the Person/Official/Designation/Department) ____________________ for kind perusal of the Commission to take further necessary remedial measures under intimation to me.
I do hereby solemnly declare that my under - mentioned complaint is not being pursued in any other forum or court of law and is not barred by any judgment. I also undertake not to prefer this case to any other court of law during the pendency of the case in this Commission. I further assure that any development in the case will promptly be communicated to the Commission.
(Signature & Name of the Complainant)
Research and Evaluation
Research studies are conducted to make recommendations to the Government and monitor and evaluate various schemes of the Govt. agencies for effective service delivery, and filling up of gaps in their implementation.
Seminars and Workshops
The Commission also conducts Workshops and Seminars on issues pertaining to minorities.
Education and Awareness Creation on Various Issues
Awareness Camps are organized to educate and create awareness on issues pertaining to the welfare/interests of the minorities, as the means of empowerment alongwith promotion of communal harmony through Quami Ekta Sessions throughout the Union Territory.