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Nagpur/Malegaon: Finally, Maharashtra assembly speaker on Monday gave nod to the formation of Legislators' committee to monitor the development work of the minorities.


The committee will have a total of 15 members of which 11 members would be from Legislative Assembly while 4 would be from Legislative Council. Besides them the house has also made it mandatory to have at least one woman member in the committee.


The all -important decision came on Monday during the ongoing winter session of the Maharashtra Assembly in Nagpur. Earlier, Chief Minister while inaugurating the winter session had announced the formation of the committee. Later the proposal was put to vote. Following the support of the majority the proposal received from the house assembly speaker Dileep Walse Patil gave nod to the formation. on November 25 was first to report that the Maharashtra Government is looking for the formation of the committee expected to work in line with the committees formed to take care of the developments of SCs/STs and other reserved categories. Its report would be tabled in the assembly for the discussion.


The Ministry for the Development of Minorities that was esatbalished on Formed in February 2008 is the only one of its kind in the entire country. It was established by the Government of Maharashtra after the establishment of the Minority Affairs Ministry at the centre.


Meanwhile during the discussion in the house on the proposal Mufti Mohd. Ismael and Rasheed Tahir Momin, MLAs from Malegaon and Bhiwandi respectively wanted to know the constitutional and legal authority of the committee.


The committees and commission for the minorities are formed by the government. However, since they don't have any legal and constitutional authority their decisions have no standing, they said in the house while demanding that the Legislators' Committee to monitor the development should have constitutional authority.












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