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Published in the 1-15 Feb 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Andra CM promises development of minorities

By Ibrahim Usmani

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Rajshekhar Reddy on 12th January promised for the welfare and development of minorities and promotion of Urdu Language. A delegation of All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi met him and presented detailed memorandum on the financial, social and educational issues of the minorities and stressed that the government should comply with the promises made to the minorities. The delegation also asked for an increase in the minority’s fund to one billion rupees and for a separate account. Chief Minister said that he had an open mind on this and will try to increase the said fund in the budget from the next financial year.

The memorandum also said that the property of hundred thousand acre to be distributed on 26th January should have 10 percent for minorities. The delegation asked that among 83 families to get the 0114 million-acre land, how many are Muslims? According to survey, Muslims in the state are eleven percent so atleast ten percent should be allotted the above land.

With regard to reservations, they suggested that an independent survey should be made to know the social and financial position of Muslims from the Directorate of Economics and Statistics. To make the implementation of reservation for Muslims possible from the next academic year, the survey should be completed in six weeks. Stress was also laid on the implementation of Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s 15-point programme for Minorities so that the government should take necessary steps for the development of the minorities. It also reminded the government of its promise to provide security of Muslim Personal Law.

Referring to the status of Urdu as second official language in 13 districts of the state, the delegation forwarded some proposals. Although the fund for the state is 51142 crore, only 39 crore has been allotted in the budget of Minority Welfare Department.100 crore package was demanded for the development of Hyderabad’s Old city. It asked the government to allot 2o percent land to minorities in urban areas and 60 percent in rural areas. 

It appealed to recognize ten Urdu junior colleges, five degree colleges and some more polytechnics and ITI colleges, as the facilities available are not enough. As there is lack of teachers in Urdu schools, 300 new posts should be created in every district. Proposal was made for a special fund for the educational development of minorities and for this 25 crore was demanded. 

The chief minister on the other hand took note of every single demand and proposal and sent orders to the concerned authorities for a report. He promised the delegation for looking into the memorandum and if required would consult Majlis leaders.

Speaking to the reporters after the meeting, Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi said that the chief minister has promised to take steps for the development of educational and financial status of minorities He showed satisfaction on the working of the government in the last eight months. 
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