Minorities panel holds awareness camp in Udupi

Speaking after inaugurating the camp, Karnataka State Minorities Commission President Khusru Khureshi said that the demarcation that discriminates the minorities from majorities is a nuisance.

“It is vote bank politics. Politicians play with the emotions of people. What makes the differentiation?”, he asked and added that all humans are the same. Minorities should attend the awareness camps in large number to get in touch with beneficiary programmes offered by the government.

The awareness camps have been organised by the Commission in as many as 10 districts of which Udupi district has registered least attendance, he lamented.

Speaking on the occasion, MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary said that the last man in the society should be able to get the benefits of developmental programmes initiated by the governments.People from minority communities follow lazy attitude when it comes to availing the benefits, he said.

Interactive session

Later, answering queries in an interactive session on educational scholarships Khureshi informed that he has held talks with Union Minorities Minister Salman Khurshid on his visit to the State concerning the issue. He has assured to get the scholarships sanctioned to all the applications received.

Teachers’ wages

Kiran Crasta from Kundapur demanded clearance over the issue that aided primary school teachers in the district have not received their monthly wages for 3 to 4 months.
The CEO informed that the issue will be cleared within two days. State Finance Secretary has assured to release the required amount immediately. The Secretary has informed that the entire State requires Rs 56 crore for the payments, of which only Rs 42 crore has been reimbursed. Approval for Rs 75 crore proposals has been sent to the government, he added.

Derailed law and order

Replying to a query on derailed law and order mechanism in the district during the Kaup mosque incident on March 17, 2009, and the church attacks in September 2008, SP Prawin Pawar said that the district police department has taken all the measures to bring the situation under control. About 27 Muslims and 4 Hindus were arrested on the spot in connection with the Kaup incident, he said.

Deputy Commissioner Hemalatha, Karnataka State Minorities Commission members Banthe Bodhidattha, Anthony Fernandez, Shaheeda Begum, Padma and others were present on the occasion.

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