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250 vacancies in Minorities Welfare Dept will be filled soon: Dy CM

Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali informed that the State Government would soon fill 250 vacancies in the Minorities Welfare Department.

Speaking to media persons after holding a review meeting on the functioning of MWD at the State Secretariat here on Thursday, the Deputy CM said that the proposal to fill 250 vacancies has been sent to Finance Department for clearance and the recruitment process would be initiated soon. He said that the State Government has so far released Rs. 486 crore for the welfare of minorities and Rs. 350 crore have already been spent.

Mahmood Ali also informed that 1,000 auto-rickshaws would be distributed among unemployed Muslim youth on the occasion of birth anniversary of Moulana Abul Kalam Azad. There is no beneficiary component in this scheme and 50% subsidy is being provided by the State Government while the remaining 50% is the loan component. He said that the Telangana State Minorities Finance Corporation was directly arranging the loans from different banks. He said there is also a proposal to distribute 500 auto-rickshaws to Muslim youth in each of the nine districts. Similarly, the State Government is proposing to provide 1,000 cabs in Hyderabad and 500 cabs each in nine other districts to unemployed youth of minority communities, he said.

The Deputy CM said that the Shaadi Mubarak scheme was being implemented successfully and as on October 2, funds have been released for marriages of 21,800 poor Muslim girls. He said 10 officials would be appointed to ensure the effective implementation of the scheme across the State. He also claimed that of 210 applicants for Overseas Education Loan, 170 have already got admission and board cards of foreign universities. He said Rs. 5 lakh each would be released to all the candidates after the clearance of remaining 40 applications soon. He said that the State Government has also decided to provide Rs. 50,000 each to 250 Urdu medium school for upgrading of infrastructure and other amenities.

Mahmood Ali also informed that efforts were on to realise the payment of nearly Rs. 100 crore towards the acquisition of Wakf properties by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for different projects.

The review meeting was attended by TRS MLA Aamer Shakil, MLC P. Sudhakar Reddy, Special Secretary Syed Omer Jaleel, MWD Director MJ Akbar, TSMFC Managing Director B. Shafi Ahmed, Haj Committee Special Officer Prof. SA Shukoor and other senior officials. (INN)