The government plans to spend trillions of rupees to address the rampant unemployment and inequity affecting the minority community. But Muslim leaders advocate more focus on modern education rather than seminaries. With poverty endemic among India39s 177 million Muslims, providing more opportunity and improving the community39s economic outlook is a high priority for India. The level of concern is reflected in the government39s latest budget, covering the fiscal year that begins on April 1st. The budget includes a 60 hike in outlays meant to assist minority communities. Much of that allocation will go towards Muslims, the largest such community. Muslims make up 13 of India39s population but account for 65 of the jobless and more than half of those below the official poverty line, according to a government-funded study headed by retired judge Rajinder Sachar. In his budget speech, Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said minorities were a special concern as the government was committed to quotinclusive growthquot. The Ministry of Minority Affairs is dedicated to evolving programmes for the socioeconomic development of the country39s non-Hindu population, roughly 20 of 1.2 billion people. For the upcoming fiscal year, the ministry will get Rs 3.5 trillion 63.8 billion. quotNo previous government has reflected as much sincerity for the uplift of Muslims,quot External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid told Khabar South Asia. He previously served as the minority affairs minister. Chidambaram also announced a 100 hike for a government organisation focused on funding schools for Muslims and helping non-government groups that service the needs of the community. From a current base of Rs 7.5 billion 136.8m, the Maulana Azad Education Foundation would grow to Rs 15 billion 273.6m over the next five years. quotI have accepted that a beginning can be made by providing medical facilities such as an infirmary or a resident doctor in the educational institutions run or funded by the Foundation. I propose to allocate Rs.100 crore 18.2m to launch this initiative,quot Chidambaram told the Lok Sabha.