Cities with 25 p.c. minority population will be identified for development: Minister

The Department of Minority Welfare organised a programme to create awareness about various welfare and development programmes of the Union and State governments for Minorities here on Sunday. It was inaugurated by Qamar-ul Islam, Minister for Minority Welfare. Programmes have been simplified to ensure that they reached the right beneficiaries and for easy implementation and monitoring, he said.

Cities or wards where the population of Minorities is 25 per cent or above will be identified for focussed development.

“We will release Rs. 10 crore each for all-round development of the blocks,” he said.

According to him, blocks identified till now include Jamkhandi, Bagalkot, Raichur, Sindhanur, Gangavati, Koppal, Haveri, Hospet in the 11th Plan period. Chittapur and Gulbarga city will be included in the 12th Plan.

The government will give easy loans for the overseas education of selected meritorious students.

“We will not only train students from minority communities but also pay them a monthly stipend of Rs. 8,000.”

Also, the government will spend around Rs. 100 crore on pre- and post-matric scholarships. This year’s target is Rs. 7 lakh, the Minister said. “We are receiving applications for scholarships online.”

Khidmat, a national toll-free helpline will be set up to help people get information about various schemes. People can call 1800-112001 to seek information or guidance 24x7 on filling forms for various schemes, he said.

An information centre will be established in each district and a counsellor appointed to disseminate information among the public.

Y.P. Singh, Secretary of the Union Minority Affairs Ministry, expressed concern that the usage of funds under the multi-sector development programme was slow in the 11th Plan period. He urged officials to be proactive and ensure faster usage of funds in the 12th Plan, where the State government is expected to prepare an action plan of Rs. 120 crore.

Students of minority community in IITs, medical colleges and other courses will get Rs. 1 lakh to support their studies from the union government.

Encroachment report

The first report on the clearance of encroachment upon Waqf properties is expected by December, and the final report by March.

  • ‘Rs. 10 crore will be released for all-round development of the blocks’

  • The government will give easy loans for the overseas education of meritorious students