Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has categorically stated that the Congress party and the governments at the State and Centre were committed to the welfare and well-being of the minorities, particularly the Muslims, and were the most secular in the country.

He was addressing a 50-member delegation of religious heads and elders of the Muslim community who called on him at the Camp Office on Wednesday morning. They had come to thank him for the sanction of Rs.15 crore for repairs to mosques and churches and other welfare activities at a recent meeting held as part of Bharat Ratna Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad’s birthday celebrations, said a press release.

Budget for minorities

Mr. Kiran Reddy recalled that the present government enhanced the budget for minorities to Rs.489 crore this year, compared to a mere Rs.30 crore in 2004-05.

Coaching centres

He said three coaching centres to help students from minority communities taking the competitive examinations would be opened at Nizamabad, Kadapa and Chittoor. Four such centres were already running at Hyderabad, Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool, an official release said.