Facing allegations of not doing anything concrete for the
welfare of the minorities, government of Maharashtra
in a swift move decided to form a committee to look into the
issues these backward communities are facing in the state.
"As per the GR issued on April 28,
2011, the government of Maharashtra has decided to form a
committee headed by the Chief Secretary of the state to look into
the issues and problems the minorities are facing in the state",
general secretary of Federation of All Minority Educational
Organisations (FAME) Khwaja Mouddin said while speaking to
"Besides looking into the problems
and issues, the committee, which has heads of eleven different
departments in it, would also recommend the ways and initiatives
to be taken for the welfare of the minorities in Maharashtra", he
According to Khwaja Mouddin, the
important issues that would come for discussion in front of the
committee include establishment of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)
sub centre in Maharashtra, Muslim reservation in Maharashtra in
line with Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, job quota for Unani
doctors in government hospitals, easing out the permission
procedure for the establishment of schools, colleges and other
such institutions by the minority institutions.
Other issues that are listed for
discussion in the committee include more representation of
minorities in the state police force, holding of MSCIT exams in
Urdu, establishment of colleges in backward areas and more
transparency in the implementation of government schemes announced
by the centre as well as state.
Interestingly, Maharashtra is the
only state in India which has a separate department for the
welfare of minorities. However it is alleged that, sans
declarations and making promises, the department ever since its
introduction has done nothing. In fact
Rajya Sabha Member and president of Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind Maulana
Mehmood Madani accused the state government of lacking in a vision
for the welfare of minorities.
"Although two ministers are assigned
the work to look after the minority welfare, unfortunately its
vision document for educational, social & economical upliftment of
minorities of Maharashtra is not yet prepared", Mehmood Madni said
to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chuahan during a meeting
held in Mumbai on May 03.
Allegations of negligence against
the state government are also raised over the establishment of
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) off campus centre in Maharashtra.
"While the non-congress governments
in West Bengal and Kerala were quick to provide the land for the
establishment of AMU centre in their respective states, the
government of Maharashtra sat on the proposal for more that a year
citing non-availability of suitable land for the purpose", Aleem
Faizee chairman of Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS) said.
"However", he added, "It has been
almost more than eight months now when the complete land details
and all other required documents for the establishment of AMU sub
centre in Malegaon are submitted to the state government. Yet the
government is not showing any interest in taking a decision."