Hyderabad: Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy on Monday said Telangana had the distinction of spending the maximum amount on the welfare of minority communities compared to that of other States.
He was speaking at the Assembly Minorities Development Committee meeting here, in which Council Chairman Gutha Sukender Reddy, committee chairman Mohammad Fariduddin and members Abdul Balala, Maganti Gopinath, Manik Rao, Stephenson, D Rajeswar Rao, Farooq Hussain and Hasan Jafri took part.
“The State government strongly believes that education is the key for the development of any minority community. There is no other State in the country that has 206 residential schools for the minorities,” the Speaker said, adding that all religions were being treated alike in the State and important festivals of minority communities celebrated in the State.
He said funds were allocated for the maintenance of mosques, churches and gurudwaras in the State.
Gutha Sukender Reddy observed that benefits aimed at the minority communities would only reach targeted groups if the data was perfect. “Reports based on the ground-level verification will further help the government to formulate more welfare schemes for them,” he said.