‘End the middlemen menace in Minorities Development Corporation’ directs Minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan

Khan said, there is a need for a massive campaign to publicize the schemes of the Minorities Department and Development Corporation


Published Jun 14, 2023 | 1:51 PMUpdatedJun 14, 2023 | 1:51 PM

Housing and Minorities Welfare Minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan

Karnataka Housing and Minorities Welfare Minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan has instructed officials concerned to put an end to the menace of “middlemen” in the Minorities Development Corporation.

He directed to maintain transparency in the selection of beneficiaries by giving wide publicity to the schemes of the corporation.

Reviewing the progress at the Corporation hall in Bengaluru, he said that the Minorities Development Corporation should not have schemes for name-sake.

‘Schemes should be promoted’

They must be implemented effectively by promoting it across the state, according to a statement issued by his office on Tuesday, 13 June.

There is a need for undertaking a massive campaign to make the community know of the schemes available with the Minorities Department and Development Corporation, the minister was quoted as saying.

Khan insisted that it should be made mandatory to get a 10 percent contribution from the beneficiaries in the taxi, auto, and goods vehicle loan scheme offered by the corporation.

Besides, the corporation itself must coordinate with the banks and ensure the loans are sanctioned under the Single Window scheme, he added.

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Displeasure over loan recovery rate

Expressing displeasure over the 15 percent loan recovery rate of the Minorities Development Corporation, the minister wanted the recovery to be at least 50 percent.

As much as ₹760 crore disbursed as the education loan was pending. That must be recovered by offering a one-time settlement with waiving off interest on the loan amounts, the statement read.

“If women from the Minority community come forward to open startups, they must be given all financial assistance, along with subsidies. For the victims of communal clashes, the funds available under the ‘Maneya Malige’ must be utilised for their rehabilitation,” the minister said.

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Other schemes

Khan said the corporation has sanctioned ₹31 crore to the slum board for the construction of houses for the poor, and a progress report must be prepared to know whether this scheme has benefitted them or not.

“He also launched a ₹10 crore scheme to help students to study abroad which was stalled by the previous BJP government, and also a direct loan of ₹5 lakh to 20 lakh given to start own business,” the statement said.

The minister also handed over 12 taxis, 12 autos, and four goods autos, to the beneficiaries.

As there is a need for the continuation of the scheme, a fresh proposal must be prepared. Besides, a detailed report must be prepared earlier to seek government grants in the state budget for the implementation of various schemes of the Minorities Development Corporation, he added.

Khan announced setting up a task force to protect Waqf assets, and steps will be taken to construct compound walls for all properties.

A divisional-level office will be set up at the local level to protect waqf properties and redress grievances at the local level, he added.

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