Congress releases booklet on party’s contribution in minorities’ welfare

Hyderabad: The Congress party on Monday launched a booklet on the contribution of the previous Congress Government in the welfare of minorities in undivided Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana).

The booklet, compiled by former minister & ex-Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir, was released by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & MP A. Revanth Reddy at a programme organised by Shabbir Ali at his residence in Jubilee Hills on Monday. Nearly 200 Congress leaders and workers from Kamareddy district who enrolled more than 500 members in the Congress party’s digital membership drive in Kamareddy, Yellareddy, Jukkal and Banswada constituencies, were also felicitated on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Revanth Reddy said that it was the previous Congress Govt which implemented 4% reservation for Muslims in jobs and education in 2004-05. He said the 4% reservation has benefitted nearly 20 lakh Muslims in both the Telugus States in the last 17 years. He praised the role played by Shabbir Ali in introducing the 4% Muslim reservation. As the then minister in the cabinet of Dr. Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy, Shabbir Ali ensured that the Congress party fulfills the promise made by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the 2004 election manifesto. He said that the Congress party implemented several programmes to ensure socio-economic, educational and economic empowerment of minorities.

Shabbir Ali, in his speech, said that the booklet has been compiled to create awareness among the minorities on what Congress party did for them when it was in power. He recalled that the Congress Govt created the country’s first Minorities Welfare Department in 1993-94 and he had the privilege of being India’s first Minister for Minorities Welfare. Further, he said separate budget allocation for the minorities’ welfare was made in 1993-94 in the budget speech of then Finance Minister Dr. K. Rosaiah. Infact, he said the process to give reservation to Muslims was initiated in 1994 when Dr. Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy was the Chief Minister. However, this process was stopped after Congress lost elections in 1994. He said that the Congress party made a promise of giving 5% reservation in the 2004 manifesto and it was implemented in just 58 days after coming to power.

Shabbir Ali said that only Congress party could guarantee empowerment of minorities. He said that the growth of minorities was stopped whenever the Congress party lost elections. He said that the minorities’ welfare took a backseat during the TDP and TRS rule. He said Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had promised to implement 12% Muslim reservation within four months after coming to power. He said the promise remained unfulfilled even after seven years and CM KCR has now stopped talking about it. Similarly, he said the Fee Reimbursement and scholarships for minorities have been stopped by the TRS Govt. He said not a single minority youth was given a loan by the TRS Govt in the last seven-and-a-half years.

The Congress leader said that the booklet contains detailed information on various schemes implemented by the Congress party for the empowerment of minorities. It also presents a broader picture of battle for 4% Muslim reservation which is still going on in the Supreme Court. He announced that the booklet would be distributed across the Telangana State to enlighten the common people about the Congress party’s welfare schemes which benefited over two million poor minorities.TPCC Working President Anjan Kumar Yadav, AICC Secretary A. Sampath Kumar and other senior leaders were present on the occasion. (INN)

Congress demands TRS Govt to be honest on minority budget

Hyderabad: City Congress Minorities Chairman Sameer Waliullah stated that the budget allocation for Minorities Welfare in the state is proving shallow each year ever since the TRS Government came to power in the State. The same is evident in the recent state budget where allocation was cut short to only Rs 1,518 crore for minorities.

Unfortunately, the budget proposal for Minorities Welfare is not even 1 % of the total state budget and it shows the sincerity of the government in this regard.

He said that TRS had announced to upgrade about 71 Minorities Residential Schools into Junior Colleges this year but the budget allocations do not support this announcement.

He questioned as to how the State government would establish the Junior Colleges without sufficient funds for the minorities welfare. He said that KCR has been hoodwinking the minorities by taking up some superficial measures for the minorities.

Sameer said that there was no separate minister for Minorities in the previous cabinet that threw the minority welfare department to the winds. He further said that the percentage of expenditure from the allocated budget did not even cross 50% during the past few years.

In the financial year 2018-19, state government had allocated Rs 1,973.41 crore of which only Rs 703.24 crore were spent making it only 36.6% of the total allocation.

Similarly, Rs 1367 crore were allocated for the year 2019-20 but most of the allocated budget lapsed due to non-utilization. He asked the Chief Minister as to what was the point in allocation if the funds are not utilized for the Minorities welfare.

He said that budget allocation for minorities was high on announcement and low on delivery or spending. All the schemes pertaining to Minorities would be affected because of the lower allocation of funds coupled with lesser use of the allocated budget in the coming days. He demanded the state government to be genuine in delivering the minorities welfare schemes. (INN)

Boycott TRS leaders in Huzurnagar, Shabbir Ali tells minorities

Huzurnagar: Former minister and ex-Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir on Sunday urged the minorities in Huzurnagar Assembly constituency to either boycott the TRS leaders or question them on non-fulfilment of promises.

Addressing a press conference, along with MLC T. Jeevan Reddy, at Huzurnagar, Shabbir Ali said that the minorities should not allow TRS leaders to seek votes until they give a reply on the non-fulfilment of promises which includes 12% Reservation in jobs and education for Muslims, judicial powers to Wakf Board, huge cut in annual budget and most importantly TRS party’s support to the BJP Government at the Centre.

Shabbir Ali alleged that minorities have been cheated in the name of Rs. 2,000 crore annual budget. “There is not a single time in the past six years when the minorities were allocated a budget of Rs. 2,000 crore. Further, not even once, the budget for minorities welfare was fully utilised. He said the spending was less than 60% in the last six years.

Stating that TRS was the B-Team of BJP, Shabbir Ali listed out the occasions when TRS supported the BJP Government. He said KCR supported PM Modi in scrapping the Planning Commission to be replaced with NITI Aayog.

Planning Commission used to allocate separate budget for minorities’ welfare in India which was discontinued by NITI Aayog. Similarly, he TRS backed Modi Govt when it scrapped special funding for backward districts which badly hurt the interest of Telangana.

He said K. Chandrashekhar Rao was the first Chief Minister to support the demonitisation move although many BJP chief ministers were hesitant to speak about it. Similarly, he supported GST (Goods & Services Tax) which badly hurt the economy resulting in loss of lakhs of jobs.

In the elections for President of India, Shabbir Ali reminded that CM KCR supported the candidature of Ramnath Kovind, a functionary of RSS, but did not support Congress candidate Meira Kumar, daughter of Babu Jagjeevan Ram, and the Lok Sabha Speaker who facilitated passing of Telangana Bill in the Parliament.

Likewise, KCR backed Venkaiah Naidu and went against the candidature of grandson of Mahatma Gandhi for the election of Vice President of India. TRS MPs supported BJP in election of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.

For Tripe Talaq Bill, Shabbir Ali said TRS MPs supported the BJP by staging a walk out when it was passed in Lok Sabha first time.

But Congress party stalled the Bill in Rajya Sabha. Despite giving assurance that TRS would oppose the Bill second time, TRS MPs again abstained from voting in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and helped BJP Govt pass the Bill.

TRS is supporting the BJP Govt in NRC issue although it is making misleading statement saying that it will not be implemented in Telangana. It also backed BJP in the NIA Amendment & UAPA Bills. He challenged the TRS leaders to show a single instance when their party opposed the BJP.

The Congress leader said people should question TRS leaders on the status of enquiry into Alair encounter and Kishanbagh firing incident. Similarly, the Chief Minister must clarify as to why his government did not file an appeal against the CBI Court judgement in the Mecca Masjid Blast case.

TRS leaders also owe an explanation on demolition of Ek Khana Masjid in Amberpet and the future of two mosques in the Secretariat premises.

Shabbir Ali said that the TRS party could not fool the minorities this time as they have decided to teach it a fitting lesson in Huzurnagar bye-elections.

Earlier in the day, Shabbir Ali campaigned along with Congress candidate Padmavathi Reddy in Mallareddygudem and other areas. He addressed several corner meetings.

Shabbir Ali, who campaigned in several areas of Huzurnagar during the last two days, claimed that Padmavathi Reddy was all set to win the elections not only with a comfortable majority but a huge margin. (INN)

Congress demands enhancement of minorities’ quota in 2BHK Scheme

Hyderabad: The Congress party on Saturday raised serious doubts over the completion of double bed room houses under Weaker Section Housing scheme of TRS Government. However, it demanded that the State Government increase the quota for minorities in proportion to their population in each district.

Led by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Minorities Department Chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, a delegation of senior Congress leaders including TPCC Official Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin, Hyderabad City Minorities Dept chairman Sameer Waliullah and others, went to the office of Housing Corporation Managing Director Chitra Ramchandran since several days to submit a representation.

However, on being denied appointment, they submitted the representation copy in her office.

Speaking to media persons later, Abdullah Sohail said that the State Government has so far sanctioned 2,80,616 double bedroom houses in 31 districts. Of them, only 16,370 unit have been reportedly complete.

He said that the Congress leaders wanted to meet the Chief Secretary, Housing Corporation Chairman or Principal Secretary to get the actual status of 2BHK construction in the State.

However, he said by denying an appointment, the officials have given a clear message that there was nothing for them to explain as the construction of 2BHK units have been stopped for want of funds.

Abdullah Sohail informed that the State Government had issued G.O. MS. No. 10 on October 15, 2015 reserving 7% of 2BHK for minorities in rural areas while the percentage was 12% in Urban areas.

He said these guidelines interim as the data pertaining to SC/ST/Minorities population in each Assembly constituency was not provided. Further, he said these guidelines were prepared when Telangana had only 10 districts. “A lot of geographical changes have taken place due to the creation of new districts.

From 10 districts in 2015, today we have 33 districts. This re-organisation has completely changed the district-wise caste/religious composition and the reservation percentage cannot be uniform in all districts of Telangana. Therefore, the State Government should modify the guidelines with regard to reservation percentage,” he said.

Further, Abdullah Sohail said that Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has the largest concentration of the Muslims and whereas Khammam has the lowest population of the Muslims. Similarly, the largest concentration of the Christians is in Hyderabad and their least population is in Adilabad district.

Therefore, a uniform reservation policy could not be adopted for all districts. As per 2011 Census, Muslims constitute over 40% of total population in Hyderabad.

The Sikhs and Jains too have a sizeable population in urban areas. Therefore, the caste-composition in allotment of 2BHK units in Hyderabad and also in Ranga Reddy, Medchal and Sanga Reddy falling under GHMC limits need immediate revision, he said.

The Congress leader said that a provision was already made in the GO which says, “”The percentages indicated are minimum and can exceed to the extent required wherever such a scenario arises.” Therefore, he demanded that the State Government should increase the percentage of reservation for minorities, especially in the GHMC limits.

Citing an observation of Sudhir Commission, Sohail said that nearly 43% of Muslims in urban areas were living in rented houses. “Sudhir Commission had recommended a proper mechanism to monitor this situation and also recommended increasing the reservations to 20% in urban areas 10 % in rural areas.”

Therefore, the Congress leader said that the State Government should take necessary measures to revise the reservation percentage for minorities in allotment of 2BHK units.

Ideally, he said that the reservation percentage should in proportion to the population of minorities in each district and Assembly constituency (if this data is available with the government agencies).

Else, the recommendation of Sudhir Committee of increasing the reservation for Muslim minorities to 20% in urban areas and 10% in rural areas should be implemented, he demanded.

TPCC Secretary Sajid Shareef, Ranga Reddy District Minorities Dept Chairman Mohammed Riyaz and other leaders were also present. (INN)

Free Civil Services coaching for minorities in Telangana

Hyderabad: The Minorities Welfare Department Government of Telangana is implementing a unique scheme “Sponsoring 100 Minority Candidates to private reputed coaching centre for All India Services examinations coaching”.

Under this scheme 100 candidates were selected through screening test conducted throughout Telangana and sponsored to the institutes of their choice from empanelled Institutions. The entire fee is paid by the government and stipend is also paid to the candidates.

In this connection, a counselling session was held at TMREIS Head Office, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad in which 5 empanelled institutions viz; Analog, Brain Tree, RC Reddy, Vision IAS Institute and Hyderabad Study Circle participated and gave their presentation.

Addressing the counselling session, A.K.Khan, Advisor to Government of Telangana, Minorities Welfare& President TMREIS described this as a unique scheme, considering that the government was making efforts to overcome the under-representation of Muslims and other minorities in IAS and IPS.

Shahnawaz Qasim, Director, Minorities Welfare & Director Telangana State Minorities Study Circle cautioned the candidates to put in sincere efforts for realising their dream of becoming an IAS and IPS.

B. Shafiullah, Secretary, TMREIS said that Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao wants the minorities to get these positions through competitive examinations. If Minority students get selected in IPS and IAS, they could ensure proper implementation of welfare schemes for their community. (INN)

Free coaching to minorities for UPSC Civil Services – 2020

Hyderabad: The Minorities Welfare Department, through Telangana State Minorities Study Circle, is arranging Civil Services (UPSC- CSAT-2020) free coaching to minorities Community of Telangana State, for which applications have been invited from eligible candidates from June 20 and the last date for receiving of applications is July 7.

Selected 100 candidates will be sponsored to private reputed IAS coaching institutions. Candidates will be selected on the basis of merit in Screening Test to be held in three fold (Preliminary, Mains and Viva).

The applicant should have completed Graduation and annual income of the parent family/guardian should not exceed more than Rs. 2 lakh per annum. The candidates who have already availed of the same coaching earlier from Minorities welfare dept are not eligible.

As many as 33% reservation will be given to women candidates and 3% for PH persons. Aspirants should not have availed any similar Civil Services coaching sponsored by Government elsewhere. Aspirants should also be eligible as per the norms prescribe by the UPSC for appearing the CSAT-2020 Exam.

Candidates who are willing to appear Services Examination (UPSC CSAT- 2020) may apply online on the website www.tmreis.telanqana.qov.in from June 20.

The screening test (preliminary exam) will be conducted at Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Warangal, Sangareddy, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Khammam and Adilabad on July 14 from 11 AM to 1 PM.

For further details, interested candidates may contact 040-23236113 (or) email to directormsctelangana@gmail.com. The detailed notification is available on the website mentioned above. (INN)

Uttam promises Sub-Plan for minorities

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy has appealed the Muslim community not to vote for TRS in next elections if they wish to defeat PM Narender Modi.

“Voting for TRS is likely voting for BJP as KCR is an agent of Narender Modi,” he said while addressing a meeting at Gandhi Bhavan on Tuesday on the occasion of joining of ex-TRS leader of Mahabubnagar district Syed Ibrahim into Congress party.

Calling KCR anti-Muslim, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the TRS Government not only neglected minorities’ welfare, but damaged their cause wherever possible. He said KCR has openly cheated the Muslim community on the issue of 12% Muslim reservation.

“Poor Muslims hoped for an increase in their quota in jobs and education to 12% and voted for TRS in last elections with the confidence that KCR would honour his promise by implementing it within four months after coming to power.

But KCR did nothing in four-and-a-half years. No one in the history of independent India cheated Muslims in such a manner,” he said.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said KCR cheated the Muslims on several fronts with active support from PM Modi. “KCR remained silent when BJP Govt kept reducing funds for minority welfare every year.

Despite holding the portfolio of minorities’ welfare, KCR did not write a single letter to the Prime Minister on issues concerning the minorities,” he said.

He also accused KCR of making tall claims of allocating Rs. 2,000 crore for the minorities’ welfare. He challenged KCR to also present the actual figures of amount spent on minorities’ welfare compared to allocations.

The TPCC Chief gave a complete break up of year-wise fund allocation, release and actual spending. In 2014-15, of Rs. 1030 crore allocation only Rs. 307.86 Cr were spent.

Similarly, the spending was Rs. 491.52 Cr (of Rs. 1160 Cr) in 2015-16; Rs. 863.36 Cr (of Rs. 1204 Cr) in 2016-17; Rs. 942.67 Cr (of Rs. 1,226 Cr) in 2017-18 and of Rs. 1973.41 crore allocated in 2018-19, only Rs. 779.11 Cr have been released and just Rs. 509 crore have been spent so far.

Therefore, as against the total allocations of Rs. 6,593 crore, the actual spending was just Rs. 3,114.41 Crore or 47.23%. “In overall allocations of nearly Rs. 6.75 lakh crore in the last five budgets, only Rs. 6,593 Crore were allocated from 2014-15 to 2018-19 for minorities’ welfare, which is just 0.97% (not even 1%) of the total budget.

Further, of these allocations, just Rs. 3,114.41 crore or 0.46% amount has been actually spent. Spending just 0.46% of total budget for minorities who constitutes nearly 15% of total population was too little and a matter of shame for KCR,” he said.

Uttam Kumar Reddy promised that the Congress party, if voted to power in next elections, would introduce a Sub-Plan for Minorities wherein funds would be allocated and spent in proportionate to their population.

He said previous Congress regime has introduced Sub-Plan for SCs and STs. On similar lines, Sub-Plans will be introduced for Minorities and BCs in next Congress Government, he said.

The TPCC Chief also slammed the TRS Government for not appealing in the Supreme Court against the verdict of NIA Court on Mecca Masjid blast case. “Gross injustice has been done with the victims of Mecca Masjid blast as all the accused have been set free.

The lenient attitude of TRS Government in the State and BJP Government at the Centre is responsible for this verdict. Further, by not appealing in a higher court against the blast verdict, KCR has proved that he is a BJP agent,” he said.

Similarly, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the truth behind Alair encounter was not out even after four years. He said a Special Investigation Team was set up to probe into the killing of five Muslim under-trials in police firing.

“Where is the report of SIT? People wants to know what exactly happened in that encounter wherein five Muslim youth were shot dead while they were hand-cuffed and chained in a police van while they were being brought to a court,” he said.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the TRS Government cheated the Muslims also on the promise of granting judicial powers to the Wakf Board. Not a single inch of encroached Wakf land was restored in the last four-and-a-half years. Further, KCR sealed the office of Wakf Board in November 2017 while the Assembly session was on.

He also announced in the Assembly on constitution of special teams to probe into the irregularities. Later, everything proved to be a drama which was enacted to cheat the Muslim community.

“How many scams have you unearthed after the seizure of Wakf Board office? Where are the report of special teams which probed Wakf irregularities?” he asked KCR.

Leader of Opposition in Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir and other senior leaders also spoke on the occasion.

Minorities will get equal share in development schemes: KCR

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said that the minorities’ development and welfare was among the of top priority programmes being implemented by the Telangana Government.

The Chief Minister asked the officials concerned to work with more dedication for the Minorities, who are like the SC and STs, living in poverty. He wanted minorities to be beneficiaries of the all the development schemes that the government has initiated.

He wanted for the self-employment of the minority youth, subsidy to the units worth Rs one lakh to Rs 2.5 Lakh should be given without having any link with the banks. The CM said that minorities should have 10 percent quota in the Double Bed Room houses.

He wanted necessary measures to be taken to strengthen the Minority development Corporation, Urdu Academy and the Wakf Board.

The Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting on the Minority welfare at Pragati Bhavan here on Monday. Deputy CM Mahamood Ali, Ministers K Tarakarama Rao, Etela Rajender, MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi, MIM floor leader Akbarudddin Owaisi, Chief Secretary SP Singh, Government Advisor AK Khan, Principal secretary (Finance) Ramakrishna Rao, Principal Secretary (Municipal) Navin Mittal, Secretary (Minorities) Syed Omar Jaleel, GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy, HMDA Commissioner Dana Kishore, Hyderabad Collector Yogita Rana, CMP Special Secretary Bhoopal Reddy and others participated. A review took place on the programme, schemes and projects being implemented for the minorities and measures to be taken in future.

“Minorities in large numbers in the State like the SCs and STs. Muslims are in majority among the other minorities. There is abject poverty among the minorities like in the SCs and STs. During the separate statehood movement on several occasions I told that once the Telangana state is formed, there would be light in the lives of minorities.

After the formation of the state, the government has given top priority for the development and welfare of the minorities and we have increased the budgetary allocations. We are implementing new programmes. We should spend the funds to the minorities as we are doing for the SCs and STs.

If all the communities in the Telangana state prosper there would be a comprehensive development. Even if one community lags behind it cannot be called the comprehensive development,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister said minorities should be the beneficiaries in all the government programmes under implementation. For the self-employment of the minority youth, without having any link to the bank cent percent subsidy should be given to the units having worth about Rs one to Rs 2.5 Lakh and the Collectors should monitor this.

He said action should be taken to ensure that minorities get 10 percent quota in the double bed room programme. He asked officials to prepare programmes for the minorities living in rural, semi Urban, Urban and Corporation areas as their needs differ from one another.

He also directed filling up of Urdu teachers’ vacancies in the minority educational institutions and get a data on the vacancies.

KCR said proper measures should be taken to strengthen the Minority Development Corporation, Urdu Academy and the Wakf Board. He said entrance tests and tests for the recruitment to government jobs should also be conducted in Urdu language along with English and Telugu.

He also proposed setting up of an exclusive industrial estate and IT Corridor for the Muslims.

It was also decided to construct Hyderabad International Islamic Cultural Convention Centre in the 10 acres area in Kokapet with international standards and should commence construction works in three weeks.

The Chief Minister said Charminar and its surrounding areas should be developed like the Golden Temple in Amritsar. He said parking spaces around Charminar should be created to enable tourists to spend some time at the monument.

KCR said 42 KMs stretch along the Musi River should be developed like the Sabarmati Riverfront in Gujarat. He also wanted arrangements to b e made for plying Metro and Nano Rail along the Musi riverbank.

A Special Officer will be appointed to oversee the Musi River front development. Shopping complexes, parks as well as double bed room houses for the poor will also be developed.

He also released Rs. 40 crore from Special Development Fund to take up several emergency works under the Hyderabad parliament constituency.

Residential Schools, A Revolution: Asaduddin Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi said that the Minority residential schools being set up at the initiative of the CM were nothing but revolutions and within next 10 years they would bring a social revolution in the society.

Asaduddin spoke specially about the Minority residential educational Institutions during the review meeting. He said several Muslim families are eager to send their children to the Residential Institutions. He said the teaching; food and accommodations in the hostels are good.

The CM said besides several crores of funds being utilised for the minorities, the setting up residential educational institutions have given him more satisfaction. There is no property worth other than giving good education to the future generations. The CM said he is getting requests from the MLAs for more schools and sections.

Jamia Nizamia Thansk CM

The Management of the Jamia Nizamia thanked the Chief Minister for agreeing to give government recognition to the courses offered by the Institute. MLA Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, Ulema Committee Chairman Badhshah Quadri, Chancellor Akbar Nizamuddin, Vice Chancellor Mufti Khaleel Ahmed and others met the Chief Minister. (INN)

TRS Govt targeting Muslim officials: TPCC

Hyderabad: TPCC Official Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin has accused the TRS Government of harassing the Muslim officials and staff working in Minorities Welfare Department.

The TPCC Spokesperson, in a media statement issued on Wednesday, alleged that the ministers and other TRS leaders were harassing the Muslims officials to the extent that they were either going on long leave or seeking transfer to other departments.

He said that Wakf Board‘s Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Asadullah went on long leave due to alleged pressure by Wakf mafia which enjoys the political patronage of TRS and MIM leaders.

Instead of supporting the senior official, the TRS Government was directly or indirectly supporting the anti-social elements who are intimidating the officials and staff of Minorities Welfare Department.

Further, Nizamuddin condemned Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali for rebuking senior IAS officer and MWD Secretary Syed Omer Jaleel in full public view for appointing an incharge CEO of Wakf Board.

“The Deputy CM did not even realise that Omer Jaleel, as the Competent Authority of Wakf Board, was authorised to appoint an incharge CEO.

However, Mahmood Ali tried to insult Omer Jaleel in a public event only because he did not consult him before making the appointment,” he said.

The Congress leader alleged that the TRS ministers and leaders were using intimidation and humiliation as a tool to harass Muslim officials in the State Government. He said that their behaviour towards senior officials clearly shows the lack of seriousness of TRS Government towards Minorities Welfare Department.

“TRS Government did not spend even 50% of amounts allocated in budgets of 2014-15 and 2015-16 for minorities’ welfare. This year too, the spending is not adequate. The major reason cited for non-spending of budget was inadequate staff in Minorities Welfare Department.

Instead of filling up vacant posts, the TRS Government is trying to shoo away existing efficient officials from the MWD.

Nizamuddin also expressed concern over Prof. Shukoor being assigned the additional responsibility of Wakf Board CEO. “Prof. Shukoor is already holding five major posts.

He is the Professor and Head of the Urdu Department in Nizam College, Director of Centre for Educational Development of Minorities, Secretary and Director of AP State Urdu Academy, General Secretary of Idara-e-Adabiyat-e-Urdu and Special Officer of State Haj Committee.

It is incorrect on the part government to burden a teacher with six major responsibilities. It should depute more number of senior officials in the MWD,” he said.

The TPCC Spokesperson warned of protest if TRS ministers and leaders do not stop harassing the officials. He also demanded that the State Government immediately initiate the process to fill all vacancies in the Minorities Welfare Department. (INN)

TS Assembly panel to supervise spending on minorities’ welfare in Telangana

Hyderabad, INN: The Telangana State Legislature Committee on Welfare of Minorities has decided to supervise the spending on minorities’ welfare besides conducting timely review of implementation of various schemes.

The Committee’s inaugural meeting was inaugurated on Friday by Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudan Chary. Council chairman Swamy Goud, Committee chairman Aamir Shakil, members Syed Altaf Hyder Razvi, Farooq Hussain, Mohammed Saleem and Stephen Ravindra, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha, Minorities Welfare Department Secretary Syed Omer Jaleel, Urdu Academy Director Prof. S.A. Shukoor and senior officials of Wakf Board, Haj Committee and other departments also attended the meeting.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Committee chairman Aamir Shakil said that the implementation of various schemes being implemented for minorities welfare were reviewed during the meeting.

He said that the Committee discussed the spending of Rs. 1205 crore allocated for minorities’ welfare for the financial year 2016-17. He said so far Rs. 480 crore has already been spent.

He said other schemes like distribution of loans, scholarships, fee reimbursement, functioning of Urdu Academy, etc., were also discussed.

He said that the State Government was committed to its promise of providing 12% Muslim reservation.

He informed that the committee would conduct its next meeting in Bade Pahad Ki Dargah in Nizamabad.