Minority Commission chairman holds meet, Task Force mooted to protect Wakf; Officials urged to publicise schemes

Gulbarga: Karnataka State Minority Commission Chairman Naseer Ahmed said the government is thinking to establish a Task Force headed by an officer of the rank of the Superintendent of police for the protection of the Wakf properties in the State.

He was speaking during an interaction programme with the members of minority communities and NGOs, organised at Old ZP auditorium here recently. A decision in this regard is being taken following a lot of complaints with regard to Wakf properties, he said.

Ahmed said that the Wakf Act pertaining to the protection of the Wakf properties was quite effective and needed to be implemented effectively. The Wakf property should be compulsorily registered under the wakf board, he added.

When Ahmed came to know that the loan applications submitted by the members of the minority communities under various schemes was pending before the Director of Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation Ltd, he immediately called up the director over the mobile and directed to clear all the applications from the Gulbarga district.

He said that corporation from previous year had launched schemes like providing Rs 50,000 as financial assistance and Rs 20,000 for animal husbandry to farmers. “However, till today, the money has not been credited into the account of the beneficiaries. A detailed report in this regard should be submitted to the Commission in next three days,” Ahmed told Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation Ltd district Manager Venkatesh Maane.

District Minorities Welfare Officer Mehaboob Sab said that the Shadi Mahal scheme has been implemented in the district since 1999 and most of the Shaadi mahals were nearing completion. Under the Bidai Scheme as many as 2000 applications are pending as an amount of Rs 10 crore is required for the purpose. As soon as the fund is allocated applications will be cleared by depositing the money into the accounts of the beneficiaries, he said.

Pasha said as many as 13 Morarji Desai schools were functioning in the district. One Morarji Desai school was supposed to set up at Hagarga on the outskirts of the city. But due to the dispute pertaining to the land identified for the school, land at another place is being identified, he added.

Gulbarga North MLA Kaneez Fathima, Karnataka State Minorities Commission Secretary Anees Siraj and others were present on the occasion.

The Karnataka State Minority Commission has directed officials of the Minority Welfare Department to publicise government schemes aimed at the welfare of minorities.

Chairing a review meeting in Kalaburagi on Saturday, Commission chairman Naseer Ahmed said it was the duty of the authorities to spread awareness among members of minority communities on the benefits being offered to them by the government.

He asked officials and NGOs to organise awareness programmes in residential areas and distribute handbills at churches, gurdwaras and masjids to ensure that the benefits reach the intended beneficiaries.

Mr. Ahmed instructed Deputy Commissioner Venkateshkumar to conduct a thorough inspection of all Shaadi Mahals in the district and check whether they are catering to the needs of the poor by providing halls at affordable rates. The fixed charges should be displayed on a board there, he added.

To a query, Deputy Director for Public Instruction Shant Gowda said that the State government has directed the Education Department to identify schools with zero enrolment and having poor student strength. Mr. Gowda said 12 schools in the district have zero enrolments and the teachers working there were deputed to the nearby schools. Nearly 80% of private Urdu-medium schools have switched over to English-medium in the recent past.

Superintendent of Police N. Shashikumar briefed the Commission chairman about the communal clashes that took place in various taluks in the past two years. “We have dealt with communal violence and arrested the perpetrators,” he said.


Public grievances

Earlier, at a public grievances meeting, several activists complained that minority communities, including Christians, Muslims, Parsis, and Sikhs, were facing difficulty in obtaining caste certificates, and as a result were unable to reap the benefits of schemes meant for them.

They also demanded the establishment of a minority centre in the city. Jasveer Singh, representing the Sikhs, demanded that the government allot two acres of land for constructing a gurdwara.


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