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Arthapedia is a portal for facilitating understanding of the Indian Economy and its governance by explaining the concepts used in the economic policy domain in India.

This portal is managed by government economists of India (known as Indian Economic Service (IES) Officers) and is intended to cater to the requirements of their counterparts in other countries as well as to academicians, economists, policy practitioners, financial journalists, students and to any interested citizen, both within the country and abroad.

The objective of this portal is to increase transparency in government by simplifying indigenous concepts or by introducing domestic institutions to support the professional development of public policy economists. It is meant to enrich and enhance citizen friendly policy formulation through dialogue and collaborative action.

The motivation behind this site is the then Chief Economic Advisor at Ministry of Finance, Government of India- Dr. Kaushik Basu (Dec 2009 - July 2012)- who on the occasion of fiftieth year of establishment of Indian Economic Service inspired IES officers to create a website for explaining economics related concepts which are of relevance to India.

The forerunner for this website is the internally circulated daily newsletter iES Today which was widely received and appreciated by policy makers of the country.

Members: All serving IES officers are automatically members of this website and are vested with the rights for writing the content.

The Government of India does not monitor the entries and the views expressed therein are not necessarily those of the government. The entries, therefore, must not be treated as official statements of policy or definitions.

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Minority Communities

Minority Community is a community notified so by the Central Government as per clause (c) of Section 2 of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 (19 of 1992).

Accordingly, the following five communities e.g. Muslim, Christian, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been declared as minority communities, vide Ministry of Welfare Notification dated 23.10.1993.

Population of minority communities can be obtained from Census of India – which provides statistical information on different characteristics of the people of India.

The word minority has been devised to ensure a more focused approach towards ... Read more
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