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Windfall for Muslims of Uttrakhand on the occasion of Eid

Dehradun: Uttrakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna announced a number of steps to be taken by his government for the benefit of Muslims on the occasion of Eid. These include constitution of a fund for the development of minorities, arrangements for imparting of Urdu education in schools and universities, provision of facilities under sarva shiksha abhiyan in Islamic madrasas, concessions and facilities for 12th pass girls belonging to poor families, subsidy for unemployed (Muslim) youth, promotion of Urdu, development of Klair Dargah on the pattern of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah and so on. Congratulating the people of the state on the occasion of Eid, he said in a press conference that in view of the spirit of this festival in which kindness and large heartedness is shown towards the needy and deprived people, his government had decided to take steps for promoting education and providing employment opportunities among people belonging to the minority community for their overall progress and development.

He further said that in Klair near Roorkee a Haj House at the cost of Rs 4 crores will be built. In addition to developing Klair Sharif Dargah on the pattern of Ajmer Sharif Dargah, a Minority Development Fund of Rs 25 crores will be created for people (Muslims) living in far off places. A self-employment scheme will also be started for minorities (Muslims) under which they will be given a subsidy of 2.25 percent. In addition to these, Urdu teachers will be appointed for teaching Urdu in 6th class and arrangements will also be made for teaching and promoting Urdu in degree colleges.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 14

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