New Delhi, 17 Dec, 2016:Press release of my speech at Shariat Conference organised as a part of “Celebration of Arabic Day 2016” in New Delhi:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that weaker sections including Muslims had been affected the most due to the “cancer of corruption” and because of this the community had remained below the poverty line.

Speaking at “Celebration of Arabic Day 2016” here, Shri Naqvi said that even after huge money had been spent by the Central and State Governments for socio-economic-educational empowerment of Muslims; the community remained backward socially, economically and educationally because the middlemen looted the money meant for development of the community.

Shri Naqvi said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi initiated a campaign to provide benefits of the schemes directly to the needy which resulted into blockade of middlemen and it ensured that loot of crores of public money is stopped. Now, the benefits of welfare schemes are reaching to the poor, weaker sections including Muslims directly.

Shri Naqvi said that some people, due to political reasons, are opposing the fight against corruption-black money. They are trying to create hurdle into efforts for prosperity of the poor. But the entire nation is united in this battle against dishonesty.

Shri Naqvi said that after historic decision of demonetisation, now digital transaction, online and net banking will also be a strong campaign against corruption-black money. The Muslims should join this campaign. Ministry of Minority Affairs will organise “Cashless Chaupal” at large scale to connect the Minority communities with the cashless economic system. We will inform members of the community about benefits of the cashless economy, digital payment, online and net banking.

Shri Naqvi said that the Modi Government has stressed on digital payment. Benefits of about 78 welfare schemes of 17 ministries including gas subsidy, MGNREGA is being sent directly to bank account of beneficiaries. Direct Benefit Transfer has helped to save public money worth more than Rs 36,000 crore. Online auction of coal, spectrum, mines have resulted into more than 3 lakh crore coming to government coffers.

Ministry of Minority Affairs has provided scholarships worth about Rs 6715 crore to 3 crore students into their bank accounts.
Shri Naqvi said that these measures have ensured success in taking light of development to the last person of the society.