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Government of India
Ministry of Minority Affairs
15-December-2011 17:54 IST
Christians in Ladakh Region

The Census 2001 Report does not have the exact number of Christian families in Ladakh. However, the total Christian population in Jammu and Kashmir is 20,299 as per the Census data 2001, which is 0.2% of the total population. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Minority Affairs, said that all schemes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, which include Scholarship Schemes, Free Coaching, Multi sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) and Computerization of Waqf records are being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir. Leh/Ladakh has been identified as one of the 90 Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs) on the basis of population and backwardness parameters for implementation of MsDP. All Minority communities including Christians in Ladakh are benefited from the above schemes of the Ministry, Shri Pala informed the House.