‘Implementation of schemes needed at ground-level’

New Delhi: Welcoming the increase in budget allocation for the Minority Affairs Ministry, Muslim bodies have stressed on ensuring the government schemes meant for minorities be implemented on grass-root level as well.

The government has earmarked Rs 3,135 crore for the Minority Affairs Ministry, an increase of Rs 385 crore from the last year's allocation.

"We welcome the increase in budget of Minority Affairs Ministry. We hope it will help increase the pace of activities being conducted for development of Muslims in the country," Maulana Arshad Madani, President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said.

Muslims today are facing several challenges such as that of education, employment and security. Government will have to help us in dealing with these challenges, Madani added.

Spokesperson of All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board Syed Babar Ashraf said, "Minority Affairs Ministry is running several programs, but there is a lack of infrastructure on ground level for their implementation. This should be taken care of."

Funds given for the schemes are not spent properly because of lack of monitoring and basic infrastructure. the government should focus on minority concentrated districts, Ashraf added.

The government has declared 90 districts in the country as minority concentrated which are being covered under several schemes to address basic and higher educational needs of minorities.