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'Nai Manzil' not to take minorities to the desired destination
Sunday March 1, 2015 11:47 AM, Numair Mohammed Hesham,

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is being hailed by the prime minister and other ministerial colleagues for presenting what they called as a "progressive and practical" budget. He however has miserably failed in impressing the minorities, who were eagerly waiting to know what the BJP government has in store for them ever since it came to power nine months ago.

Far from appreciating the initiatives announced in the first full-fledged budget of the nine-month old BJP government, most of the people the spoke to termed the budget as directionless and lacking in the needed vision.

"The only thing the finance minister announced in his budget is the government plan to launch 'Nai Manzil' scheme for Madrasa pass outs.

"It has been repeated many times in the past that the government should leave Madrasas to their own resources for their betterment. Schemes like 'Nai Manzil' will neither help Madrasas nor Madrasa pass outs", Waris Usmani of Madrasa Miftahul Uloom said.

While unleashing the government's plan to launch 'Nai Manzil' scheme, Jaitley said it will enable minority youth who do not have a formal school leaving certificate to obtain one and find better employment.

In another document about 'Nai Manzil' scheme the government said "it is a bridge course to bridge the academic and skill development gaps of the Madrasa pass outs with their mainstream counterparts".

Usmani said majority of Madrasas are determined on not taking any kind of support or financial help from the government. He said the Madrasas have their own recruitment mechanism which easily gives jobs to most of the Madrasa graduates.

Aamir Falahi of Jamia Islamiah while expressing apprehensions of the usefulness of the 'Nai Manzil' advised the government to concentrate on the welfare of the minorities who are already in mainstream schools and colleges.

"As per government's own record, only 04% of the minorities are enrolled in Madrasas rest all are in either mainstream schools or are not in any school. The government should worry about this 96%. They badly need the government support as majority of them have no suitable access to proper schooling" he said.

Also unimpressed by the budget are the powerloom weavers who were expecting from the prime minister to come out with something really big for the dying industry in view of his announcements made while his recent visit to Varanasi.

"The prime minister had admitted while in Varanasi that the textile industry is the largest sector in India after agriculture. However, this probably is the first budget after independence without any mention of the word 'textile'", Naved Akhter of Malegaon Industries & Manufacturers Association (MIMA) said.

He said the textile sector has lot of people who are skilled but not qualified, and to address this issue, MIMA has demanded from the government to establish a textile college and fashion designing institute in Malegaon.

"The government knows better that to study at institutes like AIIMS and IITs are still a far reaching dream for the children of poor weavers. For them, a textile college or a fashion designing institute is equivalent to studying at these premium institutes. It would have been better if the government had heeded to our demands", he added.

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