Najma Heptullah seeks cooperation from States for uplift of minorities

New Delhi: “The States and Union Territories have an indispensable role in the implementation of minority welfare schemes as they are stakeholders in taking the benefits to the marginalized groups”, Dr Najma Heptulla, Union Minister for Minority Affairs said today while inaugurating the National Conference of Ministers and Secretaries of Minority Welfare in State/UT Governments.
Expressing concern over consistent absence of Ministers from certain States, the Minister said such platform call for cooperation from one and all. Invoking quote from PM, she said it is fight against poverty and not against each other. Recognizing the need for continuous suggestions and different set of problems faced by States and Union Territories, Dr Najma said the website of the Ministry of Minority Affairs will soon provide a window for suggestions from States and UTs. She urged the participants to monitor the implementation of Schemes at ground level and furnish completion and utilization certificates in time to enable Centre to release funds. Najma said the Centre wants to develop Waqf properties across the country to enhance the revenue of States/UTs for minority welfare activities and expect cooperation in this effort.
Earlier, welcoming the participants, Rakesh Garg, Secretary MoMA, said the timing of this conference is appropriate to discuss and devise strategies for implementation of various schemes. This is the first time when revised budget estimate was not reduced and all funds were used in last financial year. The Centre and States need to work as a team for ensuring timely proper utilization of this year’s budget too. (NSS)