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Welfare and development schemes for Muslims of Telangana

Hyderabad: Telangana’s chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said while talking to media persons here on 12 October that 70 years have passed since India’s independence and about 60 years have passed since the formation of Andhra Pradesh state but why, he asked, Muslims and dalits of Telangana area in this (AP) are backward and why Muslims who used to win (in elections) from areas in the past are not winning now from these very areas? He said that all these things need to be reviewed and looked into by the leaders and those associated with democratic system. He said that there is no room for communalists in this state and each and every body will have to work jointly in cooperation with each other to change this state into a golden state. He further said that in order to restore Ganga-Jamuni civilization in Telangana, the government will play an active role in promoting Ganga-Jamuni civilization and mutual brotherhood by participating in festivals of all communities like Eid, Diwali etc. In this press conference deputy chief minister Muhammad Mahmood Ali, IT and municipal administration minister K. T. Rama Rao, MLAs Aamir Shakeel, Farooq Husain etc were also present. He said that when he was elected MLA for the first time in Andhra Pradesh, R. D. O. named Baig Saheb had advised him to arrange an Iftar and dinner party which he did. When the then chief minister of AP (late) N. T. Rama Rao came to know about it, after getting full information about it from him and on his suggestion he (NTR) also for the first time held an iftar and dinner party at the state level in Jubilee Hall in which (late) Al Haj Salahuddin Owaisi, the then president of MIM also had participated. He said that his father was educated in Urdu medium and there was always a jaai namaz (prayer carpet) in the house for Muslims who used to come to meet him and wanted to pray. He said that his government sanctions amounts for celebration of festivals like Eid, Ramadan, Baqra-Eid, Christmas, and also participating in these to promote communal harmony, composite culture and civilization. He said that so far Iftar, dinner etc are being arranged in 200 mosques of the state in the month of Ramadan but from next year / Ramadan such arrangements will be made at state level in 400 mosques in the state. In this press conference he laid emphasis on establishment and development of residential schools for the promotion of education among Muslims. He said that at present 71 such schools are there in the state and in the next academic year 90 such schools will be set up and by increasing the number of such schools every year, if need arises, the government is prepared to open / set up 500 such schools because in the first year, for 14000 seats in such schools, as many as 48000 applications were received. He further said that union minister for minorities affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has provided Rs. 100 crores for such (residential) schools for Muslims this year and next year more funds will be acquired and along with educational progress, government will also lay emphasis on their economic progress. He also said that in order to pave the way for 12 percent reservation for Muslims in Telangana state, the state cabinet in its recent meeting has accorded its approval for the appointment of BC (Backward Classes) Commison.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2016 on page no. 15

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