Sops for Muslims to counter Cong overtures
IN ORDER to keep the wavering Muslim vote bank intact, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today announced various pre-election sops in his annual budget presented in the Assembly. The populist measures are aimed at attracting all segments of the community.india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 01:44 IST
IN ORDER to keep the wavering Muslim vote bank intact, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today announced various pre-election sops in his annual budget presented in the Assembly. The populist measures are aimed at attracting all segments of the community.
With Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee, constituted by the Congress-led UPA government to study backwardness of Muslim community in all sectors and make suggestions, due to submit its report by June, the chief minister, with a view to pre-empt the Congress plan, announced to constitute a commission for similar purpose. The commission will submit its report within three months.
While providing other largesse to the community, the chief minister said in order to ensure participation of the minority community in government employment and boost their education, a commission would be constituted and it would submit its report in three months. The government also decided to establish coaching centres for the minority community students taking all-India and state civil services examinations.
The chief minister has targeted the largest segment of Muslim community by bringing Muslim girls passing “Aalia” examination from Arabi-Persian Board which is equivalent to Intermediate in the state, under ‘Kanya Vidyadhan Yojana (scholarship scheme for girls)’.
After coming to power in August 2003, the chief minister had announced the popular scheme with one time payment of Rs 20,000 to girls passing intermediate.
However, later, under massive financial constraints, the government watered it down by allowing the payment to only those living below the poverty line (BPL). The chief minister said widening the scheme’s scope would increase the number of beneficiaries from 1.50 lakh to three lakh, including Madarsa girls.
On the pattern of government-run junior high schools, the chief minister also decided to provide free of cost textbooks to students of approved madarsas up to Fauqania level (8th class). Yadav said pay-scales of Arabi-Persian school teachers would be upgraded to benefit 4500 teachers in the state. A provision of Rs 7 crore had been made in the budget.
In 13 Muslim-dominated districts, primary and junior high schools would be established with priority on the provision of computer education in junior classes.
In order to give impetus to computer education, the government earmarked Rs 52 lakh to 50 Madarsas and for setting up 25 ITIs in minority-dominated development blocks in rural areas.
The government also proposed Rs 20-crore guarantee to Minority Welfare and Finance Corporation to get funds from Central Government organisations for loaning to Muslims.
The Muslim-dominated weaving community was given facilities in electricity supply on the pattern of farmers who are getting power supply without meter.
First Published: Feb 16, 2006 01:44 IST