“A committee has been formed at the national level to initiate criminal action against encroachment of government land. All states have been requested to form task forces to prevent encroachments. In Karnataka, surveys of encroachment on properties have been done in eight districts,” Union Minister of Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan said here on Saturday.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a conference of NGOs for Awareness of Schemes and Programmes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs organised by the Ministry of National Minority Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC).
Khan also said it is a Constitutional obligation under Article 46 to look after the development of minorities. It is their Constitutional right and the government is not doing them a favour.
He also praised Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who was present on the occasion, for introducing schemes to uplift minorities who account for 18.4 per cent of the total population.
Outlining the details of scholarships and loan schemes for minorities, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said: “This year, the government has provided `678 crore for minority communities development, and of this `100 crore was for the Christian community.”
The organisers said more than 1,000 people were participating in the conference aimed at creating awareness through presentations, printed materials and open house interactions.
Minister for Municipal Administration, Minorities, Wakf and Haj Qamar-ul Islam said: “Awareness on schemes for minorities is important.
“NGOs should know what government schemes are in place in order to uplift the poor and illiterate. Schemes and loans for girls have a subsidy of 50 per cent,” he added.”