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Thursday, November 26, 2009 12:33:51 PM, Staff Reporter

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Mumbai: Irked by the deadlock vis-à-vis the schemes meant for development of the minorities in the state Maharashtra government decided to form a legislators' committee to monitor their implementation.


"The cabinet has approved the formation of the legislators' committee comprising MLAs from various political parties to monitor if the schemes meant for the development of minorities are implemented properly", said Minister for Minority Development Mohammad Arif Naseem Khan.


Arif Naseem Khan was addressing the National Minorities Welfare Day function held at Sahyadari Guest House in Mumbai on Monday November 23. The day is part of the ongoing Qaumi Ekta Saptah - National Integration Week celebrated between November 23-25.


"The cabinet after taking the all important decision consequently wrote to the House Secretary to make the formation of the committee a reality as early as possible", he said.


The decision, the minister said, was prompted by the review of various departments that showed the schemes for minorities though looked very impressive on papers were not effectively implemented.


"After taking charge of the ministry we took the review of the total nine departments that are associated with the development of the minorities. I have no hesitation in telling that the result of our assessments are far from satisfactory. Hence we proposed the formation of the Legislators' Committee to monitor the schemes", said Arif Naseem Khan.


The committee would 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, he said.


Formed in February 2008, the Ministry for the Development of Minorities 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.


Interestingly, former Minister Anees Ahmed after taking the charge of the ministry in the erstwhile government had also accused the funds for the development of minorities approve even by the cabinet are not been released by the finance department.


Besides the Legislators' Committee, one more committee chaired by the Chief Minister would take the review of the development works after every 3-4 months, he said.


Moreover, he said, the government would make the concerned officers and district heads accountable if they are properly utilizing the funds meant for the minorities as proposed by the central as well as state government.


"In Prime Minister's 15-point program for the development of the minorities, it is proposed to utilize 15% budget of every department should be utilized for uplift of minorities. Unless we monitor, the target will be never achieved", said Arif Nassem Khan.









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