Progress of minority welfare schemes `tardy`: Rahman Khan
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 19:08
New Delhi: Congress member K Rahman Khan, who is also Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, on Tuesday came down heavily on the government stating its minority welfare schemes are suffering from "tardy" progress.

He also said the reservation for minorities as suggested by Rangnath Misra Commission was Constitutionally valid.

Participating in a discussion on the working of Minority Affairs Ministry, Khan said government's plan to launch special schemes in 90 minority concentrated districts "has not taken off. It has not got any impact on minorities."

He suggested block-wise identification of minority population as a district is too large a unit for implementing the scheme.

Khan said though the government has taken measures to implement recommendations of the Sachar Committee that went into the socio and economic backwardness of minorities, a general impression is that the implementation is "slow and tardy".

He said Rangnath Misra Commission's recommendation for reservation for Muslims in jobs and educational institutions is Constitutionally valid.

"It is Constitutionally valid to have remove the discrimination," he said adding the government will have to decide whether to accept these recommendations.

Noting that Muslim minorities will not have to look up for government support if the Wakf properties are developed properly, Khan said, "There is no vision. I would like to appeal to the Minister of Minority Affairs to have a vision on Wakf development."

Suggesting the need for a Vision Document on Wakf properties, he said there should be an an institutional mechanism in this regard.

He said around two lakh acres of this property is under encroachment and no development is taking place on another two lakh acres of such land.

He said many important buildings including the house of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai and Windsor Palace in Bangalore were built on the Wakf land "sold at paltry sum".

Khan said the government is yet to furnish Action Taken Report (ATR) on the recommendations of a Parliamentary panel for better management of these properties.

On the contentious issue of Haj subsidy, Khan said, "there is a need for reform. There is no need for subsidy" and demanded that the government should create a logistic corporation.

Pointing out the gap between the airfare for Haj pilgrims and that for normal passengers, he said there was a need to create an institutional mechanism to address the issue.


First Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 19:08

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