Prkash Chandra,,

A National Conference on the “Government Minority Welfare Schemes: Intentions and Deviations” was held on Sunday at the Convention Hall of the Hamdard University. The Conference was conducted by Jaipur based Jamea-Tul-Hidaya. The Union Minister of minority affairs Salman Khursheed presided over the function. Sayeda  Saiyidain Hameed (member of the Planning Commission), Ahmad Sayeed Malihabadi, Rashid Alvi (both member of Parliament), Mohammad Shahabuddin, Mohammad Wali Rehmani were among the other dignitaries present on the dais. The conference was held in two sessions and was addressed by the delegates from West Bengal, Assam, Andhra Pradesh where minority muslims constitute a good part of the state population.

Various issues and factors hindering the upliftment of the muslims including the Sachchar Committee report was discussed in the conference. Social activist Shabnam Hashmi during her address emphasized on the socio-economic backwardness of muslims and their status which is described as below as those of the SCs and STs in many parts of the country in the Sachchar Committee Report. She considered the women literacy, participation, consultation and monitoring in the main stream processes as the key challenges in the community. She also recommended that the minority ministry should also work to kill the radicalism from the community.

Answering to the queries the Union Minister Salman Khursheed on his speech primarily focused on the workings and schemes of the ministry and assured that the UPA govt. is committed towards the concern of the minorities. Adding to his speech he said that the ministry has allotted an amount of 2500 crore for the 90 MCDs (Minority Concentrated Districts). He also added that the universities with 50% muslim reservation are proposed in Ajmer and Mysore. For the better implementation of the schemes, he said, the collectors from the 90 districts were called few days back and have been given instructions. “I will visit the 90 districts from January and will interact with the concerned NGOs and public and not with the Bureaucrats” he added. 25% of minority population is the key factor deciding the MCD. He ensure that he will try to make it down to 15% and concluded with the words “paanch saal ke andar Hindustan ki hakikat ko badal kar rakhenge” (we will change the reality of India within five years). Sayeda  Saiyidain Hameed said that the schemes of the ministry is considered as the flagship programme of the UPA govt by the Prime Minister who is also the chairman of the Planning Commission.

Aadam Khan from Hyderabad, Moulana Atta-ur-Rehman from Assam, Zahir Ansari of the Siasat daily were among the other delegates who addressed the conference raising the basic issues of their respective region and the crisis in the proper implementation of the schemes at the ground level. Various concerns and causes for the backwardness of the muslim community even after the sixty two years of independence was the theme of contemplation and simultaneously elucidation were recommended by the educated and intellect muslims in the conference.


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