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Muslim MPs meet Planning panel

In a first of its kind meeting in the post-Independence period, a delegation comprising 21 Muslim MPs visited Planning Commission and presented a memorandum as well held a meeting with the Commission vice chairman Montek Singh Ahulwalia and other members. The delegation included two Muslim women MPs, Qaisar Jahan and Tabassum Hasan, both from UP BSP.

Muslim MPs meet Planning panel

The delegation was led by K. Rahman Khan, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. It discussed with Mr Ahulwalia proper allocation of funds and effective implementation of various schemes meant for the minorities which should be included in the 12th Five Year Plan, under the light of Sachar Committee Report.

The delegation urged the Planning Commission to make Scholarship Schemes demand-driven, bring down MSDP Parameter to 15% from existing 25% and bring down to Block level rather than District level, and create institutional mechanism to develop waqf properties which can generate sufficient funds to be used for the development of the minority community.

The Planning Commission assured the delegation that it will not only consider the points raised but also said that these points will be put before the Prime Minister who is the ex officio chairman of the Commission.

The Planning Commission asked the delegation to submit a comprehensive note about its demands.

The delegation included K. Rahman Khan, E. Ahamed,  Mohammad Shafi, Ali Anwar Ansari, Mrs Qaisar Jahan, MrsTabassum, M. A. Khan,  Mohammad  Azharuddin, M. A. Madni,  G. N. Ratanpuri,  Salim Ansari,  S. D. Shariq,  Mohammad Amin,  A. S. Malihabadi,  Mohammad Adeeb,  S.K. Saidul Haque,  Ashk Ali Tak,  Sabir Ali,  Mohammad Asrarul Haque and  Syed Azeez Pasha.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 5

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