The Ministry of Minority Affairs was carved out of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and created on 29th January, 2006 to ensure a more focused approach towards issues relating to the notified minority communities namely Muslim, Christian, Budhist, Sikhs, Parsis and Jain. The mandate of the Ministry includes formulation of overall policy and planning, coordination, evaluation and review of the regulatory framework and development programmes for the benefit of the minority communities.
Dr. Najma A. Heptulla has assumed the office as a Union Minister of Minority Affairs on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at New Delhi.
Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has assumed the office as a Minister of State for Minority Affairs on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at New Delhi.
Dr. Arvind Mayaram is the Secretary of the Ministry. The Secretary is assisted by three Joint Secretaries and a Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser (additional charge). The Ministry has a sanctioned strength of 98 Officers/Staff.