Funds for Muslims are being diverted to other areas: FMSA

By TCN News,

Aligarh: Targeting the Central government, the Forum for Muslim Studies & Analysis (FMSA), Aligarh has pointed out that the allocated funds and schemes meant for the Muslims are intentionally diverted to those areas where they are in less numbers.

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FMSA held a meeting at Media Centre Aligarh to assess a report “Six Years after the Sachar Committee Report: A Review of Socially Inclusive Development since 2006 & Recommendation on policies and programmes” by eminent economist Dr. Abu Saleh Shareef under Chairmanship of Prof. Humayun Murad.

Prof. Murad pointed out that the data on school, anganwadi, health centres, fair price shops, roads and drinking water indicate that the villages inhabited by minorities, SC and ST lack these facilities.

Jasim Mohammad, Secretary of FMSA said that despite government schemes based on Sacher Committee Report, the marginalization and exclusion of Muslims is continuing. He pointed out that Muslim participation in MANREGA is almost zero because they are sidelined at the time of issuing of job cards.

Farhat Ali Khan, OSD of Jamia Urdu said, “Sachar Committee had recommended for constituting an Equal Opportunities Commission but that has been completely sidelined by the government. Dr. Mohammad Shahid, Member of AMU Executive Council said that the financial status of Muslims may be understood by the fact that in the 121 Muslim concentration districts, Muslims have only 26 percent bank accounts whereas loan has been sanctioned to only 12 percent.

N. Jamal Ansari, Vice President pointed out that even Parliamentary Committee itself in its 27th report said that the funds are not used in minority concentration districts and as the funds are allotted at district level, they are diverted in blocks where Muslims presence is negligible. That is due to biased approach of the administration.

At the end, FMSA passed a resolution demanding that the Central Government must take serious note of the Report of Dr. Shareef and take up corrective measures. In another resolution, FMSA said that the government should provide transparent administration for social justice.