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Muslims are still backward inspite of economic progress

Mumbai: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley while speaking in a seminar on ‘Empowerment of individuals through Education and Training’ at Bombay Stock Exchange said that in general, decline in poverty and deprivation has been seen in all communities of the country but at the same time admitted that this decline has not taken place equally among all communities. He said that whereas high rate of growth has taken place in all sections of society through provision of economic opportunities, some communities are deprived of this and are still backward and there is need to focus attention on them. He said that whereas in the year 1991 the rate of poverty in the Muslim community was 52%, in 2011 it was reduced to 27%, but other minority communities have met the challenges of their poverty and deprivation. He said that education is the key through which conditions can improve fast and this is the thing (education & training) which changes skills into opportunities. In his speech, he said that if the benefits of progress and development are to be provided to the last citizen, particularly to the minorities of the country, rate of economic growth will have to be increased. He said that after 1991 because of economic liberalisation, the rate of growth increased and in turn, worthwhile fall or decline in poverty and backwardness was seen. He said framers of our Constitution, in view of the diversity of Indian people and condition had proposed and arranged for the security and protection of minorities and had ensured that governemnt should be promise-bound to ensure the welfare and progress of minorities. Expressing his views on the topic of economic challenges he said that under the conditions of economic melt-down or depression on international scale, Indian economy has increased at the rate of 7 to 7.5 percent which is praiseworthy.He urged members of the minority community to empower themselves through education, become skilled and by taking advantage of many government schemes, derive benefits available under these schemes. He said that madrasas are important institutions for providing education to the children of Muslim community. He also praised the efforts of madrasas to harmonise and associate technology with traditional education. He said that today the world is faced with two kinds of challenges i.e. political and economic and on both fronts India is in a better condition. He said that with the exception of a few disputes and disturbances, which media presents with exaggeration, big incidents do not take place in our country. Zafar Sareshwala, Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) made an appeal to the boy and girl students and youth of Muslim community to take advantage of governemnt’s many welfare and other schemes. On this occasion an agreement was signed between MANUU and UFO Digital Cinema for imparting education in English, Mathematics and Science via satellite.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2016 on page no. 14

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