Mamata spells out more sops for Muslims

Press Trust of India Kolkata | Updated on November 15, 2017 Published on April 10, 2012

With an eye on next year's panchayat polls, West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr Mamata Banerjee, has showered more sops on the Muslim community including new loan schemes, creating an employment bank and promising official stamp on 10,000 madrasas.

The announcement comes days after she declared a monthly honorarium and housing subsidy for imams in the state.

Outlining schemes undertaken for uplift of Muslims in the state, she said her government had increased allocation for the minorities department by 73 per cent in the state budget for the current financial year.

“Our aim is to see that our brothers and sisters pursue their studies properly, receive training and get jobs. And those who cannot get jobs, can start businesses by taking loan from the government,” Ms Banerjee told a meeting organised by the West Bengal Minority Development and Finance Corporation at Barasat in North 24-Paraganas district. Noting that a “comprehensive employment bank” would be set up to cater to the growing job needs of the youths belonging to the minority community, she said it would have its network in every district where there would be a system to enrol names.

The Chief Minister said “bhavans” will be set up in the districts from where they would get all the assistance required. She also announced loans and stipends to 75,000 students.

The panchayat polls, due in May next year, would be regarded as the first trial of strength for the party which took office last year.

The Trinamool Congress has, however, hinted that the panchayat election could be advanced to this winter.

Published on April 10, 2012
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