Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation Ltd. has revised the norms for providing assistance under different schemes from this year. Allocation of funds to districts for implementing the schemes will be based on population of minority community people in respective districts.

Chairman of the corporation N.B. Abubakkar told presspersons here that there were complaints of disproportionate distribution of funds to the beneficiaries. From this year, assistance for construction of houses, taking up self-employment schemes, setting up small-scale industries, purchase of commercial vehicles and other schemes would be provided based on population of minority community people in respective districts.

For students

Mr. Abubakkar said the corporation had introduced a new scheme, “Arivu”, for providing assistance to students to pursue higher education and research activities. Assistance would also be provided to students undergoing training to appear for civil services examinations.

To a question, he said that the State Government had made a budgetary allocation of Rs. 49.02 crore for the corporation and Rs. 17 crore had been released under the Special Development Plan for implementation of recommendations of the Nanjundappa Committee report.

Apart from this, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had assured Rs. 55 crore for the corporation, Mr. Abubakkar said.

Mr. Abubakkar said that 9,300 beneficiaries would be provided assistance under the Arivu scheme. The corporation would also provide assistance to the extent of 7.2 crore to 4,800 beneficiaries under the Sharma Shakti scheme.

Under the Ganga Kalyana scheme, Rs. 10 crore would be provided to 1,000 beneficiaries and Rs. 12 crore would be provided as micro loans to 12,000 beneficiaries.

Shadi mahals

Mr. Abubakkar said that the corporation had also decided to construct 101 shadi mahals at a cost of Rs. 10.89 crore, nine hostels for minorities at a cost of Rs. 13.26 crore and five Morarji Desai schools for minorities this year.

Director of the corporation Muktar Pattan was present.