Complaint to PM about Gujarat Muslim’s plight

Ahmedabad: Prominent Gujarat Congress leaders recently met the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at Ahmedabad and complained about the non implementation of various minorities schemes by the present Narendra Modi government in Gujarat. Congress leaders Arjun Modhwadia, President of Gujarat State Congress Committee, Shaktisinh Gohil, Leader of Opposition in State Assembly, Gyasuddin Sheikh, Congress MLA and others presented a memorandum to the Prime Minister.

The memorandum stated: “We take this opportunity to bring to your kind and generous notice the fact that the Government of Gujarat is not showing any interest in implementing most of the schemes of Central Government for the welfare of the Minorities which includes Muslims, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and other minority classes of the society. Not only that the State Government has also not shown interest in implementing schemes for the weaker sections of the society.”

“Government of Gujarat has also taken back steps by not implementing Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme. One of our MLA raised the question in the Assembly seeking benefits provided by the government’s schemes like pre-matric scholarship, post-matric scholarship, merit-cum-means scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Leadership of Minority women scheme etc., but the Government of Gujarat has failed to furnish any reply to the same.”

“We, the undersigned, humbly suggest that the Central Government should ask for and demand report about the implementation of various schemes of the Central Government. It is further suggested that the schemes which have not been implemented by the Gujarat Government should be implemented directly by the Central Government or through institutions recognized by Central Government.

Alternatively, it should be implemented through NGO as Nodal Agencies. Central Government should also appoint a group of prominent non-political personalities to supervise implementation of such schemes. It is our humble suggestion that the Central Government should give necessary directions to the State Government to implement all the schemes of the Central Government which has been specially designed for the welfare of the Minorities and weaker sections of the society.”

“We also take this opportunity to request you that population criteria of Scheme for Infrastructure Development Private Aided/Unaided Minority Institutes should be reduced to 15 percent from 20 percent to enable more districts to get its benefits.”

“We hope that you will consider our above suggestions in the interest of the deprived minorities and weaker sections of Gujarat,” the memorandum concluded.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 10

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