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Muslims unable to benefit from govt welfare schemes

Ghaziabad: Chief Development Officer, Zaheer bin Saghir said here in a meeting of Multi-Sectoral District Development Plan (MSDDP) that central and state governments have introduced many projects for the all-round progress and development and for improvement of life of people of minority communities, particularly Muslims, but because of their illiteracy and ignorance, they are unable to take advantage of these schemes. He gave details of schemes like MNREGA, Swarn Jayanti Gramin Rozgar Yojna, Kanshi Ram Alp Sankhyak Rozgar Yojna, Ambedkar Vishesh Rozgar Yojna, Prime Minister’s Guarantee Rozgar Karyakram, Khadi Gram Udyog Yojna etc and said that for starting projects and business etc under these schemes loans are being given by banks from Rs one lakh to Rs 25 lakh on small rates of interest. These also include government assistance.

He said that a survey of minority-inhabited villages at the block level in Ghaziabad district has been conducted where Muslims form more than 25% of the population. There are 53 such villages, he said. In these villages development projects under multi-sectoral schemes like supply of clean drinking water, special sanitation campaign, Aanganwadi centers, distribution of educational scholarships, assistance on marriage occasions, installation of solar lighting instruments (like solar panels), Kanshi Ram Apna Rozgar plan, setting up of dispensaries, expansion of inter-colleges, setting up computer labs, building of primary and high schools etc are under way. He further said that under modernization of madrasa scheme, madrasas which have their own land, an amount upto Rs 50 lakhs can be sanctioned for the construction of buildings, of which 75% will be given by government and the remaining 25% will have to be arranged by the concerned madrasas themselves.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2010 on page no. 4

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