Apathy of the successive state governments for minority welfare could be guaged from the fact that annual report of state minorities commission has not been tabled in the state assembly for the past 12 years.
Now that the House committee, formed to monitor tabling of reports of various state government departments, commissions, statutory bodies, has taken exception to this grave act of omission, department of backward classes and minorities welfare has promised to table all the 12 reports in the next assembly session.
"I was anguished to learn that annual reports of state minority commission are not being tabled on the floor of the house for last 12 years!" exclaimed Harinderjeet Singh Babbu, a BJP MLA hailing from a minority community himself who is also chairman of the committee.
He said action would be taken against the erring officers who are responsible for the serious lapse. It would be useless to talk of action taken report on the commission's report, when their annual reports have not been tabled, Babbu said. He, however, said officers of backward class and minority welfare department have apologised to the committee and have promised to table the reports by year end.
State minority commission has also been reminding the department that its recommendations be tabled on the floor of the house but in vain.
"This is violation of provision of state minority commission Act. The matter should be taken up seriously and the guilty should be punished. It is duty of the officials concerned to table the annual report and action taken report on the floor of the house every year," said Ibrahim Qureshi, former chairman of state minority commission.
"Perhaps, this apathy of the minority welfare department is one major reason why minority commission has significantly reduced the number of recommendations to state government," said a senior minority leader from ruling BJP, requesting anonymity.
When contacted for comments, minister for backward classes and minorities welfare Ajay Vishnoi said that he had received the reports for last three years last week and they along with reports of previous years and ATR would be tabled in the House in the winter session of the House.