Skip to main content

Zero "funds flow" for Gujarat's poor urban minorities vs allocation of whopping Rs 2,033 crore for housing

Ahmedabad protest for better infrastructure in minority areas
By Our Representative
Has the Gujarat government been summarily indifferent towards providing housing to poor urban minorities, whether during chief ministership of Narendra Modi, which lasted till May 2014, or thereafter? It would seem so, if the official figures, released by the Government of India, are any indication.
Though a big proportion of minorities live in urban areas, it did not “flow” any funds to help the poor sections living in cities/towns which have “a substantial minority population”, despite an allocation of a whopping Rs 2,033.08 crore in 2014-15.  While the figures for later years are not available, the all-India figures are not impressive either -- Rs 22,346.39 allocated, of which Rs 5,226.47 were spent.
In the rural Gujarat, however, things were better: Under housing to minorities under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin), during the year 2015-16, the target was 2,589 beneficiaries, while the achievement was 2,382.
Gujarat has eight minority concentrated blocks Kutch, Rajkot district and Bharuch districts. Its 10 minority-concentrated towns are in Kutch, Junagadh, Panchmahals, Bharuch, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Junagardh, Anand in Borsad districts.
Released by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, and compiled by Mujahid Nafees, convener, Minority Coordination Committee, Gujarat, facts show that the Government of India may have set the target of providing assistance to 670 minority beneficiaries for setting up of individual and group micro-enterprises in 2014-15, but the state government did nothing to move it forward.
At the all-India level, the target was to approach 9,000 beneficiaries, out of which 5,668 were “helped.”
Similarly, 4,424 minority beneficiaries in self-help groups were to be helped, but not one beneficiary benefited. The comparative all-India figures are: Help to 67,614 beneficiaries against t the target of 60,000.
Mujahid Nafees
Similarly, during 2014-15, the Gujarat government did not extend any special help to upgrade the skill of minority beneficiaries, though the target was to training 5,535. Here, the all-India target was 75,000 and the minorities who benefited from it were 29,880. Figures for subsequent years are not available.
The figures further reveal that the Gujarat government did not construct any primary or upper schools in 2006-07 under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in districts with substantial minority population under the Prime Minister’s 15 point programme to alleviate the plight of the minorities.
Also, under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, there was no “flow of benefits/funds to districts having a substantial minority population”. Even the all-India performance on this score for coverage of habitations was a poor 22.41 per cent.
Under the previous UPA rule, the Government of India floated the Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) as a centrally sponsored scheme. It decided to implement MSDP in 710 minority concentration Blocks, 66 minority concentration town and 13 clusters of contagious villages.
Continued by the NDA rule, says an official source, “this programme aims at improving the socio-economic infrastructure and basic amenities for uplifting the quality of life of the minorities”, even as providing “financial support for creation of assets for education (viz. school building, polytechnics, ITIs, hostels etc), health centres, drinking water and road projects, as also some income generation projects.
Projects are approved on the basis of the project proposals received from the states/UTs as per their requirement and felt need (click HERE for guidelines).
During the three years ending 2016-17, the Gujarat government did not do anything to float projects under MSDP, hence not one penny flowed in. The all-India figures were not impressive either – during 2016-17, for instance the projects approved were worth Rs 1076.22 crore, while Rs 859.56 crore “flowed in.”

Comments

TRENDING

ISKCON UK 'clarifies' after virus infects devotees, 5 die due to big temple meet

By Rajiv Shah
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), United Kingdom (UK), has admitted that at least 21 of its devotees were infected because of the spread of the coronavirus amongst the UK devotee community following the March 12 funeral and March 15 memorial of the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple president, in which about 1,000 people participated. Regretting that five of the devotees have passed away, the top Hindu religious in Britain body does not deny more may have been infected.

As corona virus 'travels' to rural areas, NGO begins training tribals, marginalised women

By Souparno Chatterjee*
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared corona virus a pandemic. Originating from Wuhan in China, it has traversed the entire globe, almost, and claimed more than 16,000 lives already. That’s largely the urban population. In India, despite all the preparedness and war-like promptness to safeguard against the pandemic, several lives have been lost , and hundreds of individuals have tested positive.

Rani Laxmi Bai, Tatya Tope 'martyred' by East India Company, Scindia's forefathers

By Our Representative
In an email alert to Counterview, well-known political scientist Shamsul Islam has said that was “shameful for any political party in democratic India to keep children of Sindhias in their flock” given their role during the First War of Indian Independence (1857). In a direct commentary on Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia moving over to BJP, Prof Islam has quote from a British gazetteer to prove his point.

COVID-19: Dalit rights bodies regret, no relief plan yet for SCs, STs, marginalized

By Our Representative
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the National Dalit Watch-National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, endorsed* by several other Dalit rights organizations, have insisted, the Government of India should particular care of the scheduled castes and tribes, trans folks, persons with disabilities and the women and children from these communities, while fighting against COVID-19 pandemic.

Mallika Sarabhai releases speech she was 'not allowed' to give at NID Convocation on Feb 7

Counterview Desk
The National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, a Ministry of Commerce and Industry body, landed itself in controversy following its decision to put off its 40th convocation ceremony, where noted danseuse Mallika Sarabhai was invited as chief guest. The ceremony was scheduled to be held on February 7.

Idea of fair, tall, customized baby "rooted" in Nazi Germany, RSS' Golwalkar wanted crossbreeding with Brahmins

By Our Representative
Facts have come to light suggesting that the RSS’ experiment to have “fair”, “tall” and “customized” baby has an interesting Gujarat connection: It was first reportedly floated by its topmost ideologue Guru Golwalkar way back in 1960 while giving a lecture in Gujarat University.

Coronavirus scare ‘pushing’ people from Northeast India into more hardship

By Rishiraj Sinha, Biswanath Sinha*
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
***

Gujarat govt plan to 'banish' Gandhian activist anti-democratic, unconstitutional

By Rohit Prajapati*
The current Central and Gujarat governments, and their bureaucracy, have been and are still unable to answer and address the concerns raised, with facts, figures, and constitutional provisions, regarding the terror of tourism in the name of the Statue of Unity and tourism projects surrounding it.

Gujarat construction workers walk home as Rs 2,900 crore welfare fund lies unused

By Our Representative
Situated behind the Gujarat University, some of the families of the migrant construction workers from Dahod and Panchmahals districts of Gujarat, and a few from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, who had stayed put in make-shift shanties in Ahmedabad’s sprawling GMDC Ground, have begun a long journey, by foot, back to their home villages in the eastern tribal belt of Gujarat.