The Ministry of Minority Affairs was created on 29th January, 2006 to ensure a more focused approach towards issues relating to the minorities and to facilitate the 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. Dr. Lalit K. Panwar 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 93 Officers/Staff.