MINORITIES AND CHAR-CHAPORI AREA DEVELOPMENT
The fact that the religious minorities are contributing to the socio-economic development in Assam and also in the freedom struggle cannot be denied. It cannot be said that the development of Assam is complete without the development of the linguistic and religious minority communities. The Congress party, from its inception, has been maintaining its secular character and thus it is getting recognition as the only secular party in our great nation. Therefore, the Congress party has been giving importance for equal rights and uniform development of all religious communities. On the basis of this principle, the Congress party and its Government has been implementing various schemes for all-round development of the religious and linguistic minorities of Assam.
As per the 2006 Assembly election promises, the Assam State Minorities Commission has been set up for the benefit of the religious minorities like the Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and the Parsi communities. Similarly, for the development of the linguistic minorities, a Linguistic Development Council was set up in 2009. A Centrally sponsored Rs 703 crore comprehensive development scheme is being implemented for the development of the religious minorities like the Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and the Parsi communities.
For land allocation and to provide patta in char-chapori areas, a survey is being carried out. Meanwhile, survey in 615 villages has already been completed. In last 5 years the Congress Government has provided agricultural equipment, tractors, power tillers, pump sets, seeds, Kishan Credit Cards, medical allowances to the people of char-chapori areas.
To make medical services easily accessible to the people of char and riverine areas, 10 mobile boat clinics have been opened and proposals have been taken up for 50 new hospitals.
For Haj pilgrims, direct flights from Guwahati were introduced by the Congress Government to end the problems faced during Haj pilgrimage. As per the last election promises, a modern Haj bhawan is being constructed in two bighas of Government land at Jalukbari in Guwahati. Minority Development Boards have been set up in 55 sub-divisions.
For educational development in char areas, 1,25,635 students have been given pre-matric scholarships. Similarly, scholarships have already been provided to 18,151 post-matric scholarships. 3,750 technical and commerce graduate students belonging to the minority communities have been extended scholarship.
Rs. 1 crore has been allocated for construction of the bhavan of Wakf Board and for proper management and preservation of the Wakf property. The construction work has already been started.
OUR ELECTION PROMISES FOR NEXT 5 YEARS
+ During the regime of the present Congress Government, the sense of peace and security among the religious and linguistic minority communities will be continued at any cost.
+ To ensure that no Indian minority people face unnecessary harassment in the name of foreigners’ identification.
+ The recommendations of the ‘Safiqul Haque Minority Commission’, which was formed as per