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Substandard food being served, unhygienic surroundings: Kushroo Qureshi

‘Major problem facing the minority community is lack of education’

‘Awareness programme will be held for the minority community’

BIDAR: Chairman of Karnataka State Minorities Commission Khushroo Qureshi has said that he has found “irregularities” in the functioning of hostels for students belonging to minority communities in Bidar district. He said that suitable action would be taken against the erring officials.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Qureshi said that he had visited a couple of hostels in the district and found that substandard food was being served to the students, the surroundings were unhygienic and there were “bogus” names on documents. Mr. Qureshi said that the hostels he visited were in “very bad” condition.

He said that the major problem facing the minority community was lack of education. Members of minority communities were not getting basic education.

Funds

There was no dearth of funds from the State Government to implement programmes for the welfare of the minority communities but the officials concerned were “lethargic” and not working effectively for the welfare of minorities, he added.

He said that the officials concerned should be made accountable.

Mr. Qureshi said, “What I have seen is that benefits of the State Government and the 15-point programme of the Union Government for the welfare of minorities have not reached the people.”

He said that he would hold an awareness programme for the minority communities and interact with them. The meeting will be held in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat and heads of various government departments. General secretary of the State unit of the minority morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party Mohammad Roufuddin Kacheriwale was present.

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