Uttarakhand announces steps for minorities

With an aim to make Uttarakhand a model state for minorities, the state government today announced a series of steps for upliftment of such communities.

Dehra Dun: With an aim to make Uttarakhand a
model state for minorities, the state government today
announced a series of steps for upliftment of such communities
including setting up of a separate ministry and special
banking facilities.

In her address on the opening day of the Uttarakhand
Assembly here, Governor Margaret Alva asserted that the
government would enlarge the scope of minorities finance
corporation to develop it into a financial and banking

With special focus on providing better educational
opportunities for the minority the government will establish
Urdu and Persian boards. Urdu will be included as a subject in
the courses run by the both Garhwal and Kumoan universities.

Free training will be given to students of minorities in
all ITIs, poly-techniques and other technical educational

The government will set up a Maulana Azad Education
Finance foundation to provide interest-free long-term loans up
to Rs 5 lakh to unemployed youths from the minorities.

To develop infrastructure facilities in educational
institutes run by minorities, the government will provide
financial assistance every year.

The government will provide Rs 10,000 as special
incentives to students from minorities who clear the board
exams of 10 and 12 classes in first division.

The government will take steps to provide scholarships to
girls belonging to minorities for higher education like
medical and engineering which would be equal tuition fees, In
case of boys, the scholarship will be equal to half of the
tuition fees.

In madarsas, the government will bear the expenditures of
computer trainers and computers in the state.

Free lunch will be provided in all the madarsas, the
governor said.
For promoting Urdu and Punjabi, the government would
arrange free training to B Ed and LT teachers and create new
posts for teachers of the two languages.

The government will fill all the vacant posts for
teachers in Urdu and Punjabi within one year time.

The traditional rights of Van Gujjars, nomadic Muslim
tribes, will be protected.

To develop Kaliar Sharief in Roorkee and Hemkund Sahib in
Chamoli as international religious spots, the government would
make separate budget allocations.

For marriages of girls belonging to minorities, the
government would provide a financial assistance of Rs 25000.
The government would create self-employment opportunities
for women belonging to minorities by providing them a minimum
of Rs 1000 through self-help groups and also a grant of 25 per
cent for setting up small village industries.

In addition to this, the government will also provide
them loans of minimum interest.


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