Staff Reporter

Minorities Welfare Day celebrations organised on birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

KARIMNAGAR: The district administration had waived loans worth Rs 8.10 crore benefiting about 8,366 beneficiaries of the Minorities Finance Corporation and distributed loan waiver certificates in Karimnagar town on Tuesday.

At the Minorities Welfare Day celebrations organised on the occasion of birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalaam Azad, Minister for R&B T. Jeevan Reddy, government Whip D. Sridhar Babu, Collector Sandeep Kumar Sultania distributed the loan waiver certificates to the beneficiaries. In Karimnagar assembly segment alone, about Rs 1.25 crore worth loans were waived benefiting 2,000 persons.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the government had taken up several welfare schemes for the upliftment of the Muslim minorities. He said that they had been implementing four per cent reservations for the Muslims, distributing scholarships to the students and conducting mass marriages.

Assistance

Adilabad Staff Reporter adds: Collector Ahmad Nadeem on Tuesday assured all help and assistance under government schemes to youth from the minority community. When his attention was drawn towards the case of Mansoor, a physically- challenged youth, he assured of providing him with a wheel chair and sanction of pension under the State government scheme. The Collector participated in the Minority Welfare Day celebrations organised here by the Minorities Welfare department. He handed over assets under bankable schemes to 20 persons that has a subsidy of Rs. 4.15 lakh out of a total sanctioned amount of Rs. 21 lakh.

Scholarship

Mahabubnagar Correspondent adds: Minister for Rural Development G. Chinna Reddy has said that the government earmarked Rs. 200 crore this year for disbursement of scholarships to over 8 lakh students.

Participating in the Minority Welfare Day celebrations here on Tuesday, the Minister said that 41,000 students of medical and engineering got reimbursement of their fee.

He said the government had taken up various programmes for the development of minorities including reservations and hoped that a positive judgment would come from the Supreme Court regarding 4 per cent reservation to minorities.

He also said that 13 districts in the State were implementing Urdu as second official language.