Didi bounty for minorities

Keeping an eye on the minority vote bank,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced a slew of projects — from education scholarship to construction of houses — for the poor belonging to minority communities,at a programme in Barasat,North 24-Parganas.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 10, 2012 6:05 am

Keeping an eye on the minority vote bank,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced a slew of projects — from education scholarship to construction of houses — for the poor belonging to minority communities,at a programme in Barasat,North 24-Parganas.

She announced that her government would provide loan and scholarship to 75,000 minority students to help them continue studies and also promised to construct minority offices for each district. Mamata said she would speak to the Centre to ensure that Haj pilgrims get visa without any trouble. The state government,she said,has decided to give recognition to 10,000 madrasas. The state government may not be able to provide financial assistance to these madrasas but the institutions,once recognised,would be eligible for grants from various other sectors. For recognising the madrasas,the state government has simplified the concerned rules,she said,adding the state government would also provide loan to farmers through the Kisan credit card.

Mamata said she would start the loan distribution programme soon. She further said her government’s aim is to improve the living condition of the minority people and the state government would remain firm in this objective. Mamata today distributed pattas to six residents of Habra — a minority dominated block in North 24-Parganas — at the programme and said 75 families from the block would get pattas under Nijo Bhumi Nijo Griho scheme.

The CM said there will be no landless and homeless people in the state after three years,elaborating the a scheme under which three cottahs of land will be given to each landless family. The state government would also help them financially to start business. She also announced that the state government was preparing an employment bank through which employment would be offered to unemployed youths in the government as well as the private sector. Unemployed youths from each category will find place in the employment bank.

The people of North and South 24-Parganas who were affected by cyclone Aila would get rice at Rs 2 per kg starting this Bengali new year. They will continue to get rice at subsidised rates for the next six months,she added.

She said her government has already decided to make Urdu a second language in places with than 10 per cent Urdu-speaking population.

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