Concern voiced over poor response of minorities in availing govt schemes


Poor response of Muslim institutions in availing benefits of government schemes was highlighted at a one-day workshop for minority institutions and madrasas organised by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) Goa desk, in collaboration with All Goa Muslim Jamat and Association at Caritas Holiday Home, Panaji recently.
The chairman of NCMEI, Mr Justice M A S Siddiqui was the chief guest while the chairman of Child Education Committee, government of India, New Delhi, Dr Shabistan Gaffar and additional director of Education, Mr Anil Powar were the guests of honour. Mr Karol presented a PPT on statistics of Muslim institutions and madrasas. The president of All Goa Muslim Jamat and Association, Mr Akbar Mulla was also present.
Speaking on the occasion, the coordinator of NCMEI, Mr Sulaiman Karol disclosed that this year the Union government has sanctioned Rs 20.55 lakh for madrasas but only five madrasas have availed the benefit of the scheme. He also said that there is need of Muslim minority institutions to avail benefits of government schemes.
Mr Abdul Rehman spoke on behalf of the Muslim community institutions while Father Jefirino D’Souza and Sr Yeveth represented the Catholic institutions. Dr Shabistan Gaffarr highlighted the importance of girl child education. She also highlighted many schemes for minority institutions provided by the central government.
Mr Anil Powar claimed that the government has initiated new schemes for developing education infrastructure. Mr Justice Siddiqui said that in order to avail government schemes minority institutions should obtain minority status from the NCMEI, New Delhi. He also called for creating awareness among the community and youth about the schemes.
Later, Mr Anil Powar was awarded with Maulana Aazad Award at the hands of Mr Justice M A S Siddiqui for his contribution in the education field. The programme was compered by Mr Ashraf Pandiyal and Ms Afreen Sheikh while the vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Tanvir Khatib. [NT]