Palwal-Mewat, 29th Sept, 2016: Press release of Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi during inauguration and laying foundation stone of various projects and “Progress Panchayat” in Palwal-Mewat (Haryana): 

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that empowerment of Minorities, poor, weaker sections is “Raj Dharma” of the NDA Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Addressing huge gathering during first mega “Progress Panchayat” at Bichor village in Mewat, Shri Naqvi said that this “Progress Panchayat” has nothing to do with votes but it’s a “draft of development’.  

Shri Naqvi said that our battle against poverty will benefit the Minorities, especially Muslims the most as 75 % Muslims are living below poverty line.

Shri Naqvi said that so-called “Political Champions of Secularism” never talk about basic problems of Minorities such as poverty, unemployment, illiteracy. They are only engaged in “political exploitation” of Minorities. 

Shri Naqvi said that poverty is the biggest challenge before the Muslims and the biggest commitment of the Modi Government is battle against poverty.

Shri Naqvi said that discrimination in the name of caste, religion and region is still exist and weaker sections, Minorities have been suffering due to this. “We have to destroy this evil of discrimination” and strengthen harmony in the society.

Shri Naqvi said that when children of poor become IAS or IPS, it makes a news even today. Why is this situation even after six decades of Independence? Because, instead of their empowerment poor people were exploited politically. But the Narendra Modi Government has totally changed this scenario. Empowerment of the last person of the society is our commitment. Prime Minister Shri Modi has been moving forward to convert empowerment of poor into a reality.

Informing the people about schemes of the Minority Affairs Ministry, Shri Naqvi said that schemes such as “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Nai Manzil”, “Nai Raushni”, “Ustaad”, “Nai Udaan” are guarantee of empowerment of poor belonging to Minority communities. Besides, “Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karykram” (MsDP) has been providing basic amenities such as school, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure in Minority concentrated areas. Employment oriented schemes are our priority. “Employment to every hand” is our commitment. 

Shri Naqvi said that Minority Affairs Ministry has been working on different strategies for welfare of Muslim community which include protection and development of waqf properties. Several states have been working well in this regard. There are 31 state waqf boards and more than 4,27,000 registered waqf properties across the country. Besides this, there are many non-registered waqf properties. Several waqf properties in some states are in clutches of "waqf mafias". 

Shri Naqvi said that a campaign on war-footing has been started by the Central Government to free the waqf properties from the clutches of "waqf mafias" across the country so that waqf properties can be used for welfare of the Muslim community and their socio-economic-educational empowerment.



Serious complaints have been received in relation with “waqf mafias” grabbing waqf properties in some states in connivance with officials of state waqf boards. A high-level inquiry has been going on in this connection and soon strict legal action will be taken against those responsible in this illegal act.

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 centres etc and revenue generated will be utilized for educational and other developmental activities for the Muslim community. Multi-purpose community centres "Sadbhav Mandap" will also be constructed on waqf land which will be utilized for marriage ceremonies, exhibitions and also relief centres during a calamity. 

Shri Naqvi said that the Central and Haryana Government have been working together with complete honesty for empowerment of poor, farmers, dalits and minorities. Several development works will be carried out on waqf properties in Palwal and Faridabad. 

National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) has provided financial assistance of about Rs 1723 crore during 11th and 12th plan which has benefitted more than 4 lakh people including about 10,000 people from Haryana. Under “Seekho aur Kamao” scheme, 2830 people have been trained.

Under restructured MsDP, 15 Minority Concentration Blocks (MCBs) falling in 6 districts (Kaithal, Mewat, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Yamuna Nagar and Palwal/Faridabad) of Haryana have been covered. The total tentative allocation for 12th Five Year Plan for MCBs of Haryana is Rs.7929.00 lakh. Till date, project proposals of Rs. 6098.78 lakh have been approved and Rs.3694.00 lakh (including 2nd installment) has been released by Govt. of India.  Project proposals for Rs.1830.21 lakh are also under examinations which include Institute of Driver training and Traffic Research (ITDR) at Nuh and Studio Apartment at Punhana and Ferozepur Jhirka Block in Mewat District.

During his Mewat-Palwal visit, Shri Naqvi inaugurated 100 bed girls hostel in Hathin, staff quarters in Mewat Model School in Punhana Block, laid foundation stone of Higher Secondary School, Chilwali (Nuh) and also visited Mewat Model Girls School, Khanpur Ghati (Nagina) for inspection.