Special Correspondent

Query on implementation of 15-Point Programme postponed

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Government received flak in the State Assembly on Wednesday over its alleged neglect of Muslims when a question on implementation of the 15-Point Programme was postponed. The House witnessed noisy scenes during Question Hour when the opposition Congress members, who pointed out that the Government had avoided answering the question in the Assembly in the past as well, demanded an assurance from the Chair for a response during the current session itself.

The question from Chandrashekhar Baid, first in the day's list, pertained to a letter written by the Prime Minister on September 10 last year to the Chief Minister on implementation of the 15-Point Programme for Minorities. Dr. Baid wanted to know the programmes, the targets set and their district-wise implementation.

As soon as the question was postponed, Dr. Baid alleged that the Government was intentionally avoiding a reply as was evident from postponements in the past as well. The Government did not have any programmes for the minorities in the State, he alleged. Mohammed Mahir Azad of his party said the Government did not want to discuss issues of minorities in the House.

Social Welfare Minister Madan Dilwar was known for his anti-minority stand, he charged.