Patna: The NDA government in Bihar is
committed to the welfare and progress of minorities and has
taken a number of steps to ameliorate their condition, Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday.
The socio-economic progress of minorities was a major
commitment of the NDA government which has as its mantra
development with justice, Kumar said here at a conference
`Basic problems of the minorities and challenge to make them
beneficiary of development process in Bihar` organized by
JD(U) minorities cell.
All development and welfare schemes were being
implemented keeping in mind welfare of the minorities, he said
and lauded them for their faith in the NDA, that earned it its
`mammoth` victory in the assembly polls last year.
"The progress in Bihar has been made possible with
the prevalence of communal harmony," the chief minister said.
Enumerating the steps taken by his government for the
minorities, he said scholarships were launched for those
scoring first class marks in matriculation, vocational
training, besides proposals for appointment of Urdu teachers
in all government schools, fencing of graveyards and schemes
for their socio-economic progress.
The scholarship scheme for minorities has been a
`runaway success` as the number of beneficiaries swelled to
20,000 last year as against 2600 when it was launched a few
years ago, Kumar said.