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Uproar in Assembly over schemes meant for minorities

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GUWAHATI, Nov 29 - The State Legislative Assembly on Friday witnessed noisy scenes over the issue of benefits of schemes meant for the welfare of minorities not reaching all segments.

As a number of questions related to the development of minorities and Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) were raised in the Assembly, Minorities Welfare Minister Ranjit Dutta said that previously, the benefits of schemes meant for minorities reached only a special segment of minorities, depriving others like Christians and Buddhists.

The minister stated that stress was being laid on proper publicity of minority development schemes and scholarships, etc., so that more persons belonging to all minority communities can benefit from those schemes.

However, Opposition Congress and AIUDF members raised objections to the Minister�s statement and demanded that he should withdraw the term �special segment�.

After the question hour was over, Congress members Wazed Ali Choudhury and Roselina Tirkey took up the issue through point of order. Tirkey said that the committees meant for minority development must have representatives of all the six communities � Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi. AIUDF�s Mamun Imdadul Haque Chawdhury said that instead of politicising the issue of benefits to minorities, stress should be laid on actual development of minorities.

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Uproar in Assembly over schemes meant for minorities

GUWAHATI, Nov 29 - The State Legislative Assembly on Friday witnessed noisy scenes over the issue of benefits of schemes meant for the welfare of minorities not reaching all segments.

As a number of questions related to the development of minorities and Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) were raised in the Assembly, Minorities Welfare Minister Ranjit Dutta said that previously, the benefits of schemes meant for minorities reached only a special segment of minorities, depriving others like Christians and Buddhists.

The minister stated that stress was being laid on proper publicity of minority development schemes and scholarships, etc., so that more persons belonging to all minority communities can benefit from those schemes.

However, Opposition Congress and AIUDF members raised objections to the Minister�s statement and demanded that he should withdraw the term �special segment�.

After the question hour was over, Congress members Wazed Ali Choudhury and Roselina Tirkey took up the issue through point of order. Tirkey said that the committees meant for minority development must have representatives of all the six communities � Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi. AIUDF�s Mamun Imdadul Haque Chawdhury said that instead of politicising the issue of benefits to minorities, stress should be laid on actual development of minorities.

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