A meeting headed by Finance Minister T. Harish Rao held at Telangana Secretariat on Tuesday to discuss the issues with regard to Muslim Minorities.
The meeting was attended by Akbaruddin Owais, floor leader, AIMIM and others. In the meeting, it was informed that Government of Telangana has released Rs.130 crores as part of financial assistance Rs 1 lakh for the minorities to distribute cheques among the beneficiaries, would be started from August 16, in the old city of Hyderabad.
The officials, however, were asked by Finance Minister Harish Rao that the selection and distribution of the financial assistance would be based on the population proportion. The Minister also urged the officials concerned to focus towards constituencies, where the population of minorities is substantial.
“Today, after the meeting, Government has released pending dues Rs.17 crores for the honorarium of Imams and Mouzzins. The Finance Minister also instructed the authorities to scrutinize the process of honorarium every month.
Overseas Scholarships, MTF, RTF, allotment of lands for graveyards, and other issues were discussed in the meeting.
It futher stated that at the request of Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi, Chief Minister K Chandra Shekar Rao has asked the officials to compile the requests from 2014 to 2023 in the state for Graveyards and Eidgahs lands and asked officials to expedite work in this regard. The Meeting also discussed the allotment of land for graveyards in Nizamabad and Karimnagar.
“As per the instructions of CM KCR, finance secretary to raise the allocation to Rs 400 crores, by adding Rs 130 crores to the existing allocation of Rs 270 crores for the subsidy scheme. He also instructed the officials to expedite the distribution of cheques with priority,” stated, in press released.
The Finance Minister also asked the officials to scrutinize the 900 applications for CM Overseas Scholarship for the year 2021-22 and select the candidates based on the merit and instructed the Minority Welfare department to start the process for calling New Applications for the year 2023.
“On the representation of Akbaruddin Owaisi, Finance Minister has asked the finance secretary to clear pending dues of Rs. 89 crores for RTF and MTF Scholarship and Rs. 4Crores for Anees Ul Gurba,”added, in press note.
He also urged the officials to speed up Ramp works at Dargah Pahadi Shareef and also expedite the works of women empowerment center at Dargah Barhane Shah at Kanchanbagh.
Apart from this, Mr. Owaisi had requested tCM KCR to set up study circles for the Minorities and the Government decided to start three minority study circles in the state, one each in Hyderabad, Kareemnagar and Nizamabad.
The Government has decided to take up renovation works at Dargah Jahangir Peeran in four Phases, in first phase, the works worth of Rs 10 crores will be taken up.
Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Koppula Eshwar and Gangula Kamalakar, Chief Secretary Mrs. Shanti Kumari, Minorities Secretary Omer Jaleel, Finance Secretary K Ramakrishna Rao and officials of Minority Welfare and Finance Departments were present in the meeting.