Calling on the government of Haryana to set up a state commission on minorities, Syed Shahezadi, a member of the national commission for minorities, said on Thursday that around 35 lakh of minority communities live in Haryana where he does not not a single Buddhist temple exists.
“A letter will be written to the government of Haryana for the establishment of a state minorities commission having a representative from each minority community,” Shahezadi said, addressing a press conference after concluding a two-day visit to Haryana during which she met with state government officials, representatives of minority communities and religious leaders.
Stating that a District Minority Welfare Officer should be appointed in all districts, she said during the meeting with religious leaders in the state that demands for building a Buddhist temple in Haryana had also been raised.
“I will ask the state government to consider this application…there is not a single Buddhist temple in Haryana,” she said, pointing out that according to the 2011 census, the total population of minorities in Haryana is around 35 lakh.
The member of the National Commission for Minorities said during the review meeting with Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal and heads of relevant departments, the progress of projects carried out under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram was also discussed .
Emphasizing the need to raise awareness about core programs, she said all programs run by the Center and state governments for minorities should reach the actual beneficiaries. “The state government should put in place a massive awareness program. The programs run by the Center and the state government for minority welfare should be compiled in the form of a booklet and this should be made available to the targeted readers,” she said. declared.
“I have instructed the chief secretary to ensure that the six constitutionally certified minorities do not encounter any difficulty in obtaining the minority certificates,” Shahezadi said, adding that under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram, a total of 3,358 projects have been approved for Haryana. The total cost of these projects is ₹23 crore, of which the Center has a share of ₹15.29 crores.
She further stated that there are three scholarship schemes in operation in Haryana for minority students and that ₹20.47 crore was granted to 57,761 students under the Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme.
In the same way, ₹22.17 crore was granted to 33,483 students under the post-matric scholarship scheme while ₹21.79 crore was awarded to 8,133 students under a merit-and-means scholarship scheme.
She said 21 ITIs are currently running in Haryana to impart skills development to minority students, while five ITIs are under construction in various districts.