Bihar CM Nitish stresses on development of Muslims
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 18:55
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday stressed on uplift of minorities for developing the country and sought ammendments to the Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) to kick start it in the state.

MSDP had been launched in 7 minority-dominated districts in Bihar to ensure development of SC, ST, women and minorities, he said and demanded that the Centre grant immediate sanction to proposals sent to it.

"I have had discussions with the Planning Commission and the Centre and they have taken my suggestions seriously and assured early action," he said addressing a seminar 'Challenges before minorities' organised by private TV channel ETV (Urdu) here.

Stating that educational backwardness was one of the major challenges before Muslims, he said "It will be better if they (Muslims) concentrate on the education of their children ... Then they will be able to solve their problems on their own."

Kumar claimed that the number of children not going to school had declined from 12.5 per cent to 4 per cent in the state since he took over. "A survey revealed recently that out of the 4 per cent children who are away from schools most of them come from Mahadalit and Muslim families."

"The government has opened Uthan (uplift) centres for children of Mahadalits and Talimi Markaj for those from Muslim community for their education and guidance ... Arrangements have been made for stay and food for these children free of cost," Kumar said adding attention was also given to enrolment of the children in formal schools.


First Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 18:55

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