Need for self-help groups for minority women stressed

Need for self-help groups for minority women stressed
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Minority commission chairman moots minority welfare hostels Nalgonda: Minorities should utilise the...

Minority commission chairman moots minority welfare hostels Nalgonda: Minorities should utilise the various welfare schemes introduced by the State government for their overall development, Abid Rasool Khan, chairman of State Minority Commission said here on Wednesday. He was here to review the various schemes introduced for the welfare of minorities with the officials of various departments at the Collectorate. Minority Addressing the officials, Abid Rasool Khan said that self-help groups should be formed with minority women with Bank linkage and loan facilities for their economic development. He suggested to the officials to arrange housing facility to the minorities on the basis of population and as per the guidelines under 15-point programme. "Priority should be given to the minorities living in slum areas in providing housing facility," he added. The chairman said that youth belonging to minorities should be given employment opportunities under the Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme. Minority students of pre-matric and post-matric should be provided with scholarships. Regretting that there are no separate hostels for minority students, he appealed to the district administration to establish minority welfare hostels. He suggested to the officials to give priority to the applications submitted by the minorities for the government welfare schemes. Expressing concern over the encroachment of walk properties in the district, he said that the district has a vast tract of 5,730 acres of walk land. "It is the responsibility of the district administration to protect the wakf properties," he added. The minorities should also take up the responsibility to protect the walk property, he suggested. The wakf properties which were already alienated should be recovered with the help of police, revenue and other departments. He appealed to the municipal commissioners in the district to maintain clean and green at the masjids and idgahs and other places during the festivals like Ramzan. He appealed to the Transco officials to provide uninterrupted power supply to the holy places during the festivals. The chairman said that he would extend all cooperation to the district administration in discharging their duties for the welfare of minorities. He complimented the efforts of District Collector N Mukteswara Rao for the welfare of the minorities in the district.
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