CM?s Secretariat swings into action
SHAKEN BY serious charges levelled by Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi against the State Government, the chief minister’s secretariat swung into action on Saturday.
Officers of the department were summoned to review the situation.
Qureshi, while assailing Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan for interfering in his department, had also blasted the government for not doing anything for the welfare of the Muslim community during the last two years.
Qureshi, who was in Lucknow on Saturday, told the Hindustan Times that the CM’s office had come out of hibernation to review the prevailing situation on the minorities welfare front.
Reiterating his charge against officers at the CM office, the minister said, “Fifth floor par bahut dhandli hai (there is lot of bungling on the fifth floor — CM office).” He also accused the CM office of leaking his confidential letter to the media.
Qureshi said the Minorities Welfare Department, a nodal agency for the Muslim community, was almost defunct. He said the State Haj Committee headed by Azam Khan was in a mess and there was no chief executive officer of the Sunni Waqf Board for the last one year. The minister also held Azam Khan responsible for not sending Khadimul Hujjaj (helpers for Hajis during Haj in Mecca). Qureshi said most of the departments meant for Muslim welfare, were understaffed and the government had not been doing anything to improve the situation. He also said that scholarship to Muslim backward students had not been given for the last two years.
On a short visit to Lucknow, Qureshi said he had no plan to meet Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.
“I have conveyed my feelings through my letter on April 10,” he said and added there was no response so far. He said UP issues would be taken up at a Delhi meeting of Ulema (clerics) on May 10. The minister said the minority community’s strength could not be undermined, as there were 104 assembly constituencies, a large number of them in western UP, from where Muslim candidates could easily win. Qureshi has been working on a plan to mobilise the community in West UP.
He said the community was feeling disenchanted with the RLD also.