Hyderabad: Panel Discussion On Budget 2021-22 For Minorities Held

Hyderabad, February 21 (Maxim News): Eminent persons, political analysts, social activists and political leaders belonging to Minority communities stressed upon the need to prepare a justified budget for the Minorities in the ensuing financial year 2021-22 Telangana State budget. Concerns were also raised for the non-expenditure of the allotted budget in the previous years by the State Government.

They were speaking at an event organized by the INDToday.com at Madina Education Centre on Sunday. Noted Economist and Training Faculty at MCR HRD Institute, Prof. Amir Ullah Khan on this occasion said that basic issues of the Minorities in Telangana state were Housing, Trade and Education. He was part of the Sudhir Committee which studied the Socio-Economic and Educational conditions of the Minorities in Telangana.

Former Minister, MLC and Leader of Opposition Mohammed Ali Shabbir stated that a Sub Plan for Minorities would play an essential role in ensuring the complete expenditure of the budgetary allocation. He also suggested that funds remaining from the allocation must be carried forward in the next budget.

He pressed the need to release the fee reimbursements in time to ensure the education of the minority communities. He emphasized upon the entire Minority Welfare concept and formation of the first such department in the combined state.

He said that instead of discussing a separate budget for the Minorities he suggested the government form an Equal Opportunities Commission and release the Diversity Index Report every year so that all the sections of the society get the justified benefits from the state budget.

He observed, “There has been a considerable decrease in the budget allocations for the Minorities in the past few years.”

MLC from MIM and noted scholar Mr. Ameen Ul Hasan Jafri said that tax collection during the past one year had declined and hence budget allocations in all the domains may also come down. He felt that the relevance of the Minority Welfare Department in Centre and Minorities Budget in the State cannot be ruled out. He said that the state government can collaborate with the Centre in the PMJVK scheme for the construction of Minority Residential Institution buildings. There is a need to strengthen infrastructure for easing the implementation of government schemes, he suggested.

BJP Spokesperson Mr. N. V. Subhash said that the Central government had been working for the welfare of all the communities. He presented few facts and figures elaborating the central allocations to the state in the domains of education, skill training and others.

Noted Chartered Accountant and Academician Mrs. Gulzar Karishma Malik suggested that ‘help the weak survive’ should be the motto of the State government. She said that minorities in the state were facing a lot of problems in doing businesses and getting loans. (Maxim News)

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