Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali said that the Telangana Government was seriously considering the proposal to introduce Sub-Plan for Minorities on the lines of SC, ST Sub-Plan.
Replying to a question raised by TRS MLC M.S. Prabhakar during Question Hour in Legislative Council on Sunday, the Deputy Chief Minister admitted that of Rs. 1100 Crore allocated for Minorities Welfare in the budget 2015-16, only Rs. 539 crore have been released. He said by taking the unutilised funds and adding Rs. 600 crore, nearly 70 residential schools would be established for minorities at a cost of Rs. 1400 crore.
Mahmood Ali said Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao was quite serious for the development of minorities in the State. He said that the Chief Minister has sanctioned 70 residential schools, allocated funds for Overseas Education Scheme and gave Rs. 14 crore for construction of auditorium at Jamia Nizamia. Similarly, he said that the Sub-Plan for Minorities would also be implemented.
MIM MLC Syed Ameenul Hassan Jafferi said that the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has been demanded Minorities Sub-Plan for the last 5-6 years. He said that Sub-Plan would ensure that the unutilised funds do not get lapsed.
Leader of Opposition Mohammed Ali Shabbir strongly criticised the TRS Government for not accepting the demand for Minorities’ Sub-Plan. He alleged that the government was misleading the minorities by making mere allocations and not releasing the funds. He pointed out that of Rs. 1030 Crore sanctioned in 2014-15, only Rs. 438 crore were released. Similarly, in 2015-16, of Rs. 1100 crore sanctioned amount, only Rs. 438 crore have been released so far. (INN)