As UPA hosts party, Muslims sulk
Milli Gazette Online
New Delhi: A meeting of the All India Qaumi Tanzeem’s National Council presided over by Nationalist Congress Party’s senior leader Tariq Anwar was held in Delhi on 23 April to discuss the problems of Muslims. Speaking on this occasion, Tariq Anwar said that in spite of change of government at the centre many problems of minorities, especially of Muslims, still remain to be solved and for their solution all Muslims irrespective of party affiliations should work jointly. He said that when our problems are common, we should all come forward and work unitedly for their solution.
Samajwadi Party MP, Shahid Siddiqi said that all of us belonging to any party should be united for the solution of our problems. Former chairman of Maharashtra Minorities Commission, Naseem Siddiqi, said on the basis of his personal experience that whether it is states’ minorities commissions or National Minorities Commission, all are ineffective under the present set-up. He demanded that all minorities institutions and bodies set up by the government should have statutory status and the administrative machinery should be made answerable to them.
General secretary of All India Qaumi Tanzeem, Prof Akhtarul Wasey of Jamia Millia, demanded that a separate amount should be allocated in the budget for educational and economic progress of the minorities. It was also demanded that an amount of Rs 2000 million should be allocated for Maulana Azad Education Foundation’s Corpus fund and another amount of Rs 500 million under Foundation’s scholarships scheme should be provided separately. Another demand was that 20 per cent of the amount provided under ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ should be allocated for Muslims and that the ministry for social welfare should set up hostels in every district for Muslim boy and girl students. It was also demanded that the ministry of information and broadcasting should give maximum advertisements to Urdu newspapers and start Urdu radio and TV channels. Ministry of human resources development was demanded to take fast and quick action in publishing Urdu textbooks in time as prescribed in school syllabi.
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