IEP Chandigarh, September 29
Member (Status Union Minister of State), National Commission for Minorities, Government of India, Ms Syed Shahezadi while addressing a press conference held here today said that a letter would be written to the Haryana Government for setting up a State Minority Commission having one representative from each minority community.
During her two days visit to the State, Ms Syed Shahezadi held important meetings with the Chief Secretary, Sh. Sanjeev Kaushal and officers of the concerned department to review the schemes being run under Pardhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram.
“I have asked the Chief Secretary to ensure that the six constitutionally certified minorities should not face any difficulty in getting the minority certificates and also to mention the minorities in Parivar Pehchan Patra,” informed Ms Syed Shahezadi.
She said that all the schemes being run by the Centre and State Governments for the minorities should reach the actual beneficiaries and for this, the State Government should run an extensive awareness programme.
“The schemes being run by the Centre and State Governments for the welfare of the minorities should be compiled in a form of a booklet and the same should be made available to the targeted readers,” said Ms Syed Shahezadi.
Ms Syed Shahezadi further informed that meetings have also been held with the spiritual leaders of the state and demands for the construction of a Buddhist Temple in Haryana were raised.
“I will ask the State Government to consider this request,” said Ms Syed Shahezadi.
3,358 projects approved for Haryana under Pardhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram
Ms Syed Shahezadi informed that under the Pardhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram, a total of 3,358 projects have been approved for Haryana. The total cost of these projects is Rs. 22.90 crores, of which the Centre Government has a share of Rs.15.29 crores.
Ms Syed Shahezadi further shared that as per the census of 2011, the total population of minorities in Haryana is 35 lakh.
She further said that three scholarship schemes are being run in Haryana for minority students. An amount of Rs. 20.47 crore has been given to 57,761 students under the Pre-Matric Scholarship scheme.
Similarly, an amount of Rs. 22.17 crore has been given to 33,483 students under the Post-Matric Scholarship scheme and an amount of Rs. 21.79 crores has been given to 8133 students under Merit-cum- means scholarship scheme.
She said that 21 ITIs are currently running in Haryana for imparting skill development to students belonging to minorities. Besides this 5 ITIs are under construction in various districts.