Contrary to the actual situation on ground and serious concern
of the community over the manner in which the government schemes
for minorities are being handled, Minister for Minority Affairs K. Rahman Khan at a press
conference in Jeddah on Tuesday expressed total satisfaction and
said the schemes are yielding the desired results.
“Many programs and schemes
are being executed for minorities and the government is focusing
upon educational development of the Muslim community,” Saudi
Gazette quoted K. Rahman Khan as saying at the press
Speaking at the Indian Consulate
General, K Rahman Khan said that the
Congress-led government was taking all measures to implement
Justice Sachar Commission’s recommendations to boost the Muslim
community giving female education a priority.
"The government is also rendering financial assistance to minority
educational institutions through Maulana Azad Education Foundation
for the development of educational standard of minorities in
India", he said.
He also expressed total satisfaction over the implementation of the prime minister’s 15-point program for
empowering minorities in India and said the program was yielding
In reply to a question about illegal detention of Muslim youths,
he said his ministry is working closely with the Home Ministry to
allay fears of community in this regard and has offered proposals
for a speedy trial of those already detained.
The minister added that the government is determined to protect
Waqf properties in the country through empowering laws to deal
effectively with land encroachment. The Central Waqf Council has
been established to issue directives to states in dealing with
He said that computerization of the
records of the individual states’ Waqf Board scheme is for more
efficient record keeping, transparency and to computerize the
various functions of the Waqf boards and develop a centralized
He emphasized that the government is focusing on minority
development. “The Indian government is focusing upon educational
development of Muslim community in general and Muslim women in the
country in particular,” he concluded.
However, the community leaders are
ridiculing the minister's claim made abroad and question why he
made such a claim in Saudi Arabia.
"Contrary to what Rahman Khan has
said in Saudi Arabia, there are ample proof to show that benefits
of the Prime Minister's 15 program have not reached to Muslims.
Barring scholarship scheme that has been successful to an extent,
major part of this ambitious project has not been successfully
implemented", Aleem Faizee, chairman of Noble Education & Welfare
Society (NEWS) and Gen Secretary of Malegaon Industries' &
Manufacturers' Association (MIMA) said while speaking to
"Far from opening branches of bank
in minority concentrated areas and provide them financial
assistance, the government has not been able to install at lease
ATMs in such areas", he added.
"Same is the case with Integrated
Child Development Services Schemes and Education program. The
immunization programs, anganwadis and basic health services are
still missing from minority concentrated areas. Benefits of Rural
and urban employment programs have also not reached to the
Muslims", he added.
Expressing surprise over the
minister's claim that the government is taking all efforts to
implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee report, he
said, "If this is really so, why the condition of Muslims are even
worse than what it was six years before when the committee
presented its report to the prime minister."