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Rural areas yet to reap fruits

THE PEOPLE living in rural areas have not been able to reap the benefits of the State Government?s minority welfare schemes. This has happened because of the fact that several minority welfare offices set up in the heart of the city are away from rural areas. Thus. the rural masses cannot harvest the fruits of the minority welfare schemes.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 00:45 IST

THE PEOPLE living in rural areas have not been able to reap the benefits of the State Government’s minority welfare schemes.

This has happened because of the fact that several minority welfare offices set up in the heart of the city are away from rural areas. Thus. the rural masses cannot harvest the fruits of the minority welfare schemes.

To add to it, limited number of staff makes it more difficult for the officials to implement various welfare schemes in the district. Most of the time, only those who live in around the city areas can reap the benefits of these schemes.

Under Mohamad Ali Jauhar Scholarship scheme, only 13 people were selected, though the scheme was meant for 20 people. The scheme was introduced with effect from January 18 this year.

The situation becomes more clear when UP Alpsankhyak Vittiya Evam Vikas Nigam Limited sought an explanation from minority welfare officer for non-availability of candidates para-medical staff training.

A letter dated March 1 sought an explanation from district minority welfare officer that why the list of 20 candidates was not made available to the corporation for training of para-medical course at Health Care Hospital, Indra Nagar, Kanpur.

It also stated: “A letter to this effect dated May 26, 2005 was sent stating in the absence of a list of candidates from your end, the same scheme was cancelled vide letter number 1880 dated October 9,2005.”

When asked about this, the minority welfare officer Abbas said many things were being considered before selecting any candidate. “This includes his annual income and the number of family members along with a few other requirements.

However, the requirement differs from scheme to scheme,” he added.

When asked about the area of their working, Abbas said that he had to cover the whole district. However, about the sub-branches of the office, Abbas said there was no such provision but on Tehsil Diwas, the staff visit the rural areas, too.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 00:45 IST