Hike in minority welfare funds under 12th plan demanded
A national consultation meet was organised on the initiative of Maulana M Fazl-ur-Rahim Mujaddidi on the 12th Five Year Plan at the Planning Commission headquarters recently in New Delhi to chalk out measures that can ameliorate overall condition of minorities.
In the meet it was collectively decided to press for a steep hike in welfare funds for minorities. Mujaddidi demanded the removal of inequalities in allocation of funds for minorities. He also demanded an increase in the welfare budget by ten-fold along with multi-dimensional measures to improve the condition of the minorities.
During the national meet on the topic, “Aspirations and Expectations of the Muslims Community from the 12th plan” the issues widely discussed were education, development, empowerment, welfare and inclusion. Mujaddidi, who is a member of the Planning Commission’s Consultative group for Empowerment of Minorities in association with Shabnam Hashmi (of ANHAD) were instrumental in initiating the consultation meet. Mujaddidi said, “In this respect, I made a plea for enhancing the allocations for the minority welfare schemes by at least 10 fold from Rs.7,000 crore to Rs.70,000 crore in the 12th plan and giving the highest priority to education i.e. 75 per cent of the total allocated budget.”
He also said insufficient health services and poor civic amenities in Muslim dominated areas, dilly-dallying attitude of banks towards Muslims in releasing loans, communal profiling were other major challenges that need to be taken care of during the 12th plan. Social activists, academicians, intellectuals from across the country, members of the Planning Commission and senior government officers attended the conference. Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia also attended the meet.