In Rajasthan, minorities seek higher budgetary allocation

February 12, 2017 02:18 am | Updated 02:18 am IST - JAIPUR:

Minority groups in Rajasthan have demanded higher allocations in the State Budget for 2017-18 while accusing the BJP government of ignoring the welfare of vulnerable sections among the Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jain communities. In a statement here, representatives of minority communities said the State government had over the years allocated an average of 0.07% of the total Budget outlay for the minorities, who constituted 11.41% of the state’s population.

Seeking Budgetary allocations in proportion to the minorities’ population, NGO Pratham Rajasthan’s managing trustee Kulbhushan Kothari said the universal coverage of welfare schemes in health and education sectors had ignored some specific sections of society which were left behind due to their special “incapacitating conditions”.

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