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Minority appeasement: Gujarat to provide funds for soft-loans

By NewsGram Staff Writer

Minorities can now breathe a sigh of relief as Gujarat sketches plans to provide funds to the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) for making available soft loans, state government officials said on Friday.

During a review meeting of minority welfare programmes of the western region, union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla assured the release of funds to NMDFC that works for economic upliftment among backward section of minorities.

Speaking at the occasion, Heptullah expressed her concern about the protection of Parsis (a religious community) and their properties in Gujarat and Daman and Diu.

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The meeting was also attended by Minority Welfare Ministers of Maharashtra and Rajasthan– Eknathrao G. Khader and Arun Chaturvedi.

Among others present at the review meet were senior officers from states and union territories of western region: Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep.

The officials raised the issue of protection of Wakf lands from encroachments while interacting with Heptulla, Union Minority Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

Heptulla has also been advised by the additional chief secretary of the Madhya Pradesh government to raise the number of scholarships, funds for maintenance of projects under Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) and implementation of Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTAAD) scheme.

(With inputs from IANS)

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