KARNATAKA

Minorities lack awareness about various schemes: panel chief

‘They have developed a tendency to blame the Government for everything'

The main reason for the backwardness of minority communities in the State is lack of awareness among the people about facilities provided under various government schemes and the negligent attitude of the officers concerned in implementing these schemes, according to Karnataka State Minorities Commission Chairman Khusro Quraishi.

Speaking after inaugurating a workshop organised by the district administration, zilla panchayat and the Karnataka State Minorities Commission to create awareness about schemes for the welfare of minorities here on Thursday, he lamented that instead of making efforts to know about the schemes, the people have developed a tendency of blaming the government for everything.

Compared to the grants released by the previous governments, the BJP Government has significantly increased funds for development of minorities. The State Government released Rs. 167 crore in the last financial year and Rs. 261 crore in this financial year for the welfare of minorities under various schemes but the funds lapsed owing to the lack of awareness among the people and the negligence of the officers concerned, he added.

As no community can develop without proper education, the people belonging to minority communities should gain proper knowledge about the various schemes launched by the Government and utilise them properly. “Under the scheme, ‘Arivu', students of religious minorities are provided financial assistance for studying professional courses, including MBBS, BE, BDS, B.Ed, and ITI, Nursing, Diploma, MBA, MCA, among others, at two per cent rate of interest per annum,” he added.

He also stated that under the Shramashakti scheme a minority artisan would be trained to upgrade his artistic and technical skills and also given a loan of Rs. 25,000 at four per cent interest per annum to improve his business. “The officers concerned should create awareness among people about these schemes and ensure that the benefits reach them,” he added.

Presiding over the function, Deputy Commissioner S.S. Pattanshetty advised the officers to make sincere efforts to provide the benefits of the schemes launched by the Government to the beneficiaries.

City Municipal Council president Chandubai Chauhan, Superintendent of Police D.C. Rajappa, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer K.H. Kaknur and district-level officers were present.

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