Uttarakhand announces steps for minorities
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 15:48
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 institute.

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 institutes.

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.


First Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 15:48

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