Panel unhappy on non-disbursement of funds for Minority program

Taking strong note of non disbursement of funds to five states by NMDFC, a parliamentary panel has rapped the Minority Affairs Ministry for failing to take any concrete steps to sensitize them about the issue.

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 21:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking strong note of non
disbursement of funds to five states by NMDFC, a parliamentary
panel has rapped the Minority Affairs Ministry for failing to
take any concrete steps to sensitize them about the issue.
Noting that no funds were disbursed to Manipur,
Meghalaya, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh under the
State Channelising Agencies programme of National Minority
Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC), the panel said it
was "unhappy" that the ministry has "not taken any concrete
steps" to sensitise these states to make operational the
non-functioning SCAs.

The Standing Committee on Social Justice and
Empowerment headed by BSP MP Dara Singh Chauhan has in its
report tabled in Parliament today said the ministry should
vigorously take up the matter with state governments and
impress upon them the need for making SCAs effective,
functional and operational so that funds under the scheme are
not allowed to lapse.
The panel also expressed unhappiness with status of
implementation of the ambitious Multi Sectoral Development
Programme for the uplift of minorities.

It said the ministry should take "urgent steps" in
helping and assisting states and districts, which have sent
deficient plans and proposals leading to only partial approval
in as many as 63 of the 81 districts for which the plans were
considered.

"The committee further desires that plans of 63
districts which have got partial approval should be reviewed
for suitable modification by involving the concerned state and
district administration and the approved plans modified within
a stipulated time preferably within a period of three
months," the panel said.

Regarding the free coaching and allied scheme of the
ministry, the committee was of the view that there was a need
to keep track of the actual number of beneficiaries, who gain
employment in services such as police, security forces and
railways after availing coaching facility from institutes
under these schemes.

"Efforts should be made by the ministry to ascertain
information from the institutes on the number of beneficiaries
who gained employment in different services in all states/UTs
where funds have flowed and the same should be made available
to the committee," it said.

PTI