Chennai, 23rd Sept, 2016:My press release regarding Review Meeting of Southern States at Chennai:

 Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that progress and prosperity of poor, weaker sections, minorities and dalits is not a “political formality” for us but it should be our duty, our “Rajdharma”.

We should focus on “arithmetics of development & empowerment” of poor people and not on “mathematics of votes”. The day when “development agenda” will dominate “political agenda”, nobody will be able to defeat us. Shri Naqvi said this during a Review Meeting of Southern States at Chennai, which was attended by various Ministers of Southern States, Secretaries of different departments and other senior officials.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi wants to make the commitment to empowerment of poor, Minorities, dalits, weaker sections a ground reality in cooperation with the State Governments. We have achieved great success in this regard but still many things are needed to be done. The Central Government and Minority Affairs Ministry, in cooperation with the states, have been working to provide “development and trust” to the last person of the society. There will be no shortage of funds for the purpose but every single penny of the public money should be spent on developmental works with complete honesty and transparency.

Shri Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry has been running several important schemes for educational and over-all development of Minorities which include “MsDP (Pardhanmantri Jan Vikas Karykram”, “Ustaad”, “Nayi Manzil”, “Seekho aur Kamao”. Institutions like Maulana Azad Education Foundation, NAWADCO, MANAS have been working for socio-economic-educational empowerment of Minorities. The States should take maximum benefit of these schemes.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government has been reviewing “PM’s 15-PP Programme” to make this programme more effective. The Minority Affairs Ministry has been moving forward with the commitment of Prime Minister Shri Modi to provide fruits of development to the last person of the society. Shri Naqvi said that the Ministry has been working on war-footing on employment-oriented schemes for the youths. “Seekho aur Kamao” scheme has been playing a crucial role in this regard.

Shri Naqvi said that waqf properties can play an important role in welfare of Muslim community. The Minority Affairs Ministry has been working on two strategies in relation with waqf properties- first is to free waqf properties from the clutches of “waqf mafias” and second one is development and protection of waqf properties across the country so that these properties can be utilized for socio-economic-educational empowerment of Muslims.

Shri Naqvi said that he has directed all the state waqf boards to register the waqf properties online on war-footing and their information should be available in a transparent manner. The Minority Affairs Ministry has been providing financial and technical assistance to state waqf boards in this regard.

Shri Naqvi said that to deal with complaints regarding waqf properties, one-man “Board of Adjudication” will be established soon at the Centre level which will be headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice or retired High Court Chief Justice. Three-member tribunals are being established in the states. About 15-16 states have established these tribunals. Other states should also do this soon.

Shri Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry, in cooperation with the state governments, will construct schools, colleges, malls, hospitals, skill development centers etc and revenue generated will be utilized for educational and other developmental activities for the Muslim community. Multi-purpose community centers "Sadbhav Mandap" (centers of harmony) will also be constructed on waqf land which will be utilized for marriage ceremonies, exhibitions and also relief centers during a calamity.

Shri Naqvi said that from 29th September, I will start “Progress Panchayat” which is aimed at providing information of welfare schemes to the common people. The Government will also take suggestion from the people for utilization of funds meant for their development. The first “Progress Panchayat” will be held at Mewat in Haryana. After that, I will visit various states including South India.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government has taken several measures to provide more facilities to Haj pilgrims. About 1.36 lakh people went to Haj this year from India. I thank Saudi Arabia Government, Haj Committee of India and other concerned authorities for smooth Haj pilgrimage. Shri Naqvi said that 10 per cent of total Haj applicants applied online this year and online applications will be encouraged on large scale for next Haj pilgrimage.

Shri Naqvi said that the State Governments have a key role to play in effective implementation of welfare schemes of the Centre. I am confident that the State Governments will work in cooperation with the Central Government so that light of development is provided to the last person of the society.

Dr Mahamood Ali, Deputy CM Telangana; Ms S Valamathi, Minister for Minority Welfare Tamil Nadu; Ms Nilofer Kafeel, Minister for Waqf Tamil Nadu; Shri Palle Raghunatha Reddy, Minister for Minority Welfare Andhra Pradesh; Shri K T Jaleel, Minister for Minority Affairs Kerala; Shri Roshan Baig, Minister for Infrastructure, Urban Development, Information & Haj Karnataka; Shri Tanveer Sait, Minister for Minority Welfare, Karnataka; Secretaries and other senior officials were present in the Review Meeting.

Senior officials from Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshdweep, Puducherry also attended the meeting.