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Posted Online on Sunday, 5 March 2006 02:05 IST

Muslim Islamic NewsMOEMIN demands more funds to Muslim in Budget 2006

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The Milli Gazette Online

General Secretary MOEMIN demands more allocation of funds to Muslim in Budget 2006

Mr. Navaid Hamid, Member National Integration Council & General Secretary MOEMIN has welcomed the pro poor proposals of Finance Minister Mr. P Chidambaran in the Budget 2006 and had issued following statement:

It is a matter of great satisfaction that some of the proposals of the Budget are pro poor and the FM has laid emphasis on the creation of more job opportunities & raising the living standards of the common man. The Budget also contains number of the proposals for the backbone of the Indian economy, the agricultural sector of the country. The FMs emphasis for the development of all sections of the Indian Society reflects the commitment of the UPA for the common man. But the reduction on the custom duties on number of items would raise difficulties for the domestic, traditional and small-scale sector and it is feared that un-organised labor would face more hard times.

The FM has tried to fulfill one of the several demands of the minorites by enhancing the allocation of the corpus of the Maualana Azad Educational Foundation from Rs. 100 crores to rs. 200 crores. It was a long pending demand of the Muslim community, which has been taken care of. However it is noteworthy that the requests/ applications pending for the grants in the Foundation comes to around Rs 250 crores. The Foundation caters the demands only from the income, it receives, from the corpus funds which is decreasing day by day because of the decline in the interest rates on its fixed deposits and earnings. Therefore the government should give serious thought to further raise the corpus to meet the expectations.

Incidentally in the case of the National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation, the allocation of Rs. 64 Crores has not been met and the Corporation was allocated only Rs. 16.54 Crores. The allocation of Rs 16.45 crores would mean that ther Government is not ready to clear the allocation as per the Xth Five Year Plan allocation and considering that this is the last year of the Plan, the NMD&FC would be poorer by around Rs 48 crores and the funds would lapse. Therefore the Government is requested to clear the due allocation of Rs 48 crores more to the Corporation as per the Xth Five year Plan commitment.

The allocation of Rs. 3 Crores for the Promotion of the Urdu language is far less than required. Even the national Council for Promotion of Urdu language has requested for the enhancing of grant from Rs 11 crores to Rs 18 crores. Being pan Indian language and spoken by people across country, Urdu deserves more funds and depends on the central Government for its development.

The announcement for the merit-cum-means based scholarship to 20,000 deserving minorities students for pursuing higher studies is a welcome announcement but it is felt that if the allocations of the funds has also been announced with along with the commitment more clear picture would have emerged. It is feared that by the time the scheme is finalised by the bureaucrats in the Government much time would lapse.

NAVAID HAMID
Member, National Integration Council
Member, National Committee for Monitoring Minorities Education
General Secretary, MOVEMENT FOR EMPOWERMENT OF MUSLIM INDIANS (MOEMIN)
navaidhamid@yahoo.co.in
1 March 2006

 

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