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Maharashtra forms committee to look into minorities' issues

Friday May 06, 2011 12:32:22 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: 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 added.


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."






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