Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is all set to travel to Mewat Thursday to hold his first “Progress Panchayat” in a Muslim area as part of the government’s plan to reach out to the minority community.
The panchayats are aimed at providing information about welfare schemes to the common people. The government will also, through these meetings, take suggestions from people for utilisation of funds meant for their development.
“The first meeting is in Mewat, the second in Alwar on October 6. I plan to hold about 100 such panchayats — an initiative of the Ministry of Minority Affairs and respective state governments — in the coming days. I will initially go to Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam and West Bengal, states that are not poll-bound. This is similar to Mission Empowerment initiative that we had undertaken in 2015, when I had toured 22-23 states, but here there will be interaction with the masses and not just prominent people,” Naqvi told The Indian Express.