Centre assures to help implement minority welfare schemes in Telangana

HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Minority Affairs NajmaA�Heptullah has assured full support to the TRS government in the implementation of schemes formulated for welfare of the minority communities.

Speaking to a delegation of the Telangana Government led by Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali,A�Ms. Heptullah said the Centre would extend full support to the State Government and favourably consider its plea for releasingA�more funds and include more schemes to be implemented in the State.

The delegation comprising Syed Omer Jaleel, Special Secretary to Government, Minorities Welfare, Mohammed Jalaluddin Akber, Director of Minorities Welfare Department and Prof. S. A. Shukoor, vice-Chairman and Managing Director of AP State Minorities Finance Corporation held a meeting with the Union Minister and discussed various issues pertaining to the welfare of minorities in Telangana State.

On the issue of bifurcation of the AP State Wakf Board, the Union Minister promised to take urgent measures and asked the Secretary of Minoritiesa�� Affairs to visit Hyderabad on February 18 and hold a meeting with the officials of both AP and Telangana. The delegation informed the Union Minister that more number of applications were received under Pre-Matric Scholarship scheme in the State than the stipulated target and appealed to her to consider sanctioning all applications under the schemes.

The Union Minister agreed to do so under Multi-sector Development Programme (MSDP) at a cost of Rs. 38 crore. She also assured to consider implementation of coaching programs under Centre for Educational Development of Minorities (CEDM) under Government of India. She also assured to sanction funds forA�A� digitization and preservation of manuscripts in the world-famous a�?Dairat-ul-Moarifa�� in Osmania University, Hyderabad. (NSS)

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