Nizamabad: Telangana was according the highest priority to the welfare of minorities and the government had allocated Rs 2,000 crore towards this, according to Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali.
The Deputy CM was addressing a review meeting on minorities welfare at the Nizamabad Collectorate, which was attended by Nizamabad MP K Kavitha, MLAs Bajireddi Goverdhan, Bigala Ganesh Gupta, MLC V G Goud, Nizamabad Mayor Aakula Sujatha, Collector M Rammohan Rao and other officials.
Reiterating the government’s commitment to improving the lot of minorities, the Deputy Chief Minister said the Telangana government was specially focused on their welfare and in this direction several programmes and such as providing education and other infrastructure development activities were being initiated.
He said the government was allocating substantial funds to Nizamabad district for minority welfare and efforts were on to update Wakf land records so as to protect them from land grabbers, establishing educational institutions and constructing ‘shadikhanas’ to name a few. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had ordered release of Rs 15 crore towards salaries of Imams and Muezzins, he added.
The Deputy CM spoke on various schemes being implemented by the State government such as the Rythu Bandhu, Shaadi Mubarak, construction of Unani hospitals, Urdu medium junior college for women besides A 100-bed maternity hospital.
Speaking on the occasion, Kavitha said after Hyderabad, Nizamabad had the highest number of minority population and urged the Deputy CM to sanction adequate funds.
The Deputy CM also laid the foundation stone for construction of hostels for boys and girls at the Nizamabad Polytechnic College, which was being constructed involving an expenditure of Rs 3 crore under the Corporate Social Responsibility of BHEL.
He also distributed cycles to the 179 minority girls and mopeds to 25 fishermen at the Ambedkar Bhavan; laid the foundation stone for construction of a compound wall at Nizamabad Giriraj Government Degree College. He also participated in an Iftar later.