Budget allocation for Department of Minority Affairs at Rs. 326 crore: official

Syed Zameer Pasha, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Minority Affairs, on Wednesday said the Government was shortly going to sanction recruitment of 1,792 persons for various posts in the department.

Inaugurating an awareness programme workshop on microfinance, jointly organised by the Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation (KMDC) and National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, Mr. Pasha said Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda had asked him to do all he could for uplift of the poor Muslims, Christians, Jains, Buddists, Sikhs and Parsis in the State. Mr. Pasha said three years ago, the budgetary allocation for the ministry was hardly Rs. 35 crore. It rose to Rs. 326 crore in the last budget. Of this amount, Rs. 50 crore had been set aside for the welfare of Christians and Rs. 40 crore for multi-sector schemes in Bidar and Yadgir districts where there is a Muslim concentration. He said there was no dearth of funds for the welfare of the minorities. Mr. Pasha said there were 1,200 trades in the Labour Department and 15,000 school/college dropouts could be imparted skill training for them. In Bangalore alone, 10,000 children could be trained. He rebuked the laxity of officials concerned in popularising the Morarji Desai Residential Schools which were lacked quality teaching.

‘Train dropouts'

The Principal Secretary warned that if the dropouts and poor children were not given proper education and skill training to fetch reasonable employment, they would become a heavy burden to society. Some of them may even become anti-social and anti-national elements, he added.

Malleswaram MLA Ashwathanarayana, who presided over the workshop, expressed his displeasure over the absence of a delivery system to take the benefits/schemes to the targeted class of people in the State. He said that 70 per cent of the poor minority families in the city had not filed income tax returns and had lost a chance to get loans under the government programmes. Most families have sites in revenue areas without proper records.

Mr. Ashwathanarayana advised officials to adhere to secular principles while distributing benefits to the poor.

  • Officials told to stick to secular principles while distributing benefits to marginalised sections
  • Rs. 50 crore set aside for welfare of Christians, Rs. 40 crore for Muslim-dominated Bidar, Yadgir