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Review PM's minorities plan: Modi

Narendra Modi demands a review of a programme in the 11th Plan that stipulates earmarking 15 per cent of targets and outlays under various schemes for minorities.

delhi Updated: Dec 19, 2007 13:37 IST

Opposing communal budgeting, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday demanded a review of a programme in the 11th Plan that stipulates earmarking 15 per cent of targets and outlays under various schemes for minorities.

"The New 15 Point Programme that focuses on earmarking certain outlays of various developmental schemes and programmes of the Government of India amongst the eligible beneficiaries, based on their minority status, should be reviewed in the interest of maintaining the social fabric of the nation," Modi said at the National Development Council meeting here.

"Such discrimination, amongst the eligible beneficiaries, for flow of funds based on minority status, will not help the cause if taking the people of India together on the path of development," Modi said.

The correct criteria for flow of funds for various schemes and programmes should be based on the principle of equity by taking only socio-economic criteria alone, he said.

The chief minister said the implementation of such schemes should be left to the state.