Members of the State Minorities Commission led by its Chairman Bishop M. Prakash visited Dharmapuri district on Wednesday.
The commission held talks with the leaders of minority communities, representatives of minority institutions, and listened to grievances of the general public in the Collectorate. District Collector K. Vivekanandan was present.
Leaders representing Muslim organisations demanded that encroachments on land belonging to Wakf Board be removed.
Representatives of some of the minority institutions alleged that over 400 students were yet to get scholarships from the government.
Many of them said that they were facing difficulties in getting soft loan from banks. Only those who were influential were getting the loan. Of the over 10,000 Muslims living in Palacode, over 500 were not having proper houses.
They should be provided house sites free of cost.
A women’s hostel should be established at Papparapatti, Karimangalam, and Palacode. The Id-ga maidan, near Ramakkal Eri, should be expanded, as it was not sufficient for large gatherings during festivals.
Mr. Prakash gave away sewing machines to four women and cash prizes to 12 toppers in SSLC and Plus-Two examinations during the last academic year.
P. Ramar, District Revenue Officer, among others participated.