Hyderabad: Mr. Syed Omer Jaleel, IAS, Secretary, Dept. of Minorities Welfare and Mohammed Jalaaluddin Akbar, IFS, Director, Dept. of Minorities Welfare convened a meeting of all the Directors of Minorities Finance Corporation and District Minority Welfare Officers yesterday in Hyderabad. A review of the implementation of Minority schemes and the complaints received from the public were reviewed in the meeting. The Secretary and Director of the Department of Minorities Welfare made it clear to the officials that the Govt. is serious about the proper utilization of the allocated budget in order to benefit the deserving persons. It was told that if the officials fail to maintain transparency, they would be punished. They were clearly told that they should do away with the role of middlemen in the implementation of Shaadi Mubarak Scheme and to ensure speedy disposal of pending applications of this scheme.
On the complaint of shortage of staff in the districts, Mr. Omer Jaleel told that a representation has been made to the Govt. In Hyderabad, the services of 10 additional staff members would be commissioned. The surplus staff of Hajj committee and Urdu Academy are being engaged to dispose of the pending applications.
The secretary of Minority Welfare Department informed that a report has been sent to Dr. Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary in which it was stated that under the jurisdiction of the Department of Minorities Welfare, there are only 18 superintendents and 17 clerks whereas the department needs 250-280 staff members. It is understood that Chief Secretary has agreed to allot staff from revenue department on temporary basis. The higher officials expressed their resentment on the slow pace of implementation of welfare schemes meant for Minorities. In 7 districts of Telangana, there are no permanent district Minority welfare officers. In their places, the executive directors of Minorities Finance Corporation or the officials of local bodies have been given additional responsibilities. The officials listened to the issues pertaining to districts and assured that proper steps would be taken to provide additional staff. Statistics about the implementation of various welfare schemes including fee reimbursement, scholarships, bank linked subsidies etc were obtained. The district officials were instructed to accelerate the implementation of various schemes.