Modi leads BJP-ruled states in opposing minority welfare schemes

December 19th, 2007 - 7:20 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday opposed the special outlays for the minority welfare programmes under the proposed Eleventh Five Year Plan and demanded its review in the interest of maintaining the “social fabric of the nation”.
”Such discrimination, amongst the eligible beneficiaries, for flow of funds based on minority status, will not help the cause if taking the people of India together on the path of development,” Modi said at the National Development Council meeting here.
Chief Ministers of other BJP-ruled States like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh also voiced their demand for the review of the 15-point programme of the next Five Year Plan that earmarks 15 per cent of outlays under various schemes for minorities.
He said that implementation of such schemes should be left to the state.
However, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the meeting of the council said that the country needs a growth process that would “achieve a rapid reduction in poverty, accelerate the pace of both industrialization and employment generation, reduce the urban-rural divide and bring measurable benefits to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), minorities and other excluded groups.” (ANI)

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