‘Sadbhavna to minority’ by 95% cut in central grants for their welfare in Gujarat

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BJP governments both at the centre and in Gujarat may have talked about displaying sadbhavna to minority community, but when it comes to walking the talk, both have miserably failed.

According to a Times of India report, both Union and state governments have considerably reduced allocations for minority welfare.

In a written response to senior Congress MLA Balwantsinh Rajput, social justice and empowerment minister Raman Vora said that in 2014-15, the Union government had allocated Rs 53.19 crore to the state government as minority welfare grants. However, the same was reduced by a whopping 95% to Rs 2.51 crore in 2015-16.

Even with this major reduction in central grants, the Gujarat government has failed to spend these funds for minority welfare. In 2014-15, a total of Rs 53.62 crore was spent while in 2015-16 only Rs 1.37 crore was spent from the grants.
In the 2014-15 budget, the Gujarat social justice and empowerment department had allocated Rs 118.16 crore of grants for welfare schemes for minorities, of which it only utilised Rs 73.71 crore leaving over Rs 36 crore unused.
In the 2016-17 budget, the state government has reduced allocation for minority welfare to Rs 97.98 crore. This is just 6.37% of the Rs 1,538.38 crore budget of the social justice department.

 

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