[AI] two cheers for democracy

Rajesh Asudani rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Thu Jun 12 01:50:05 EDT 2008


I submit the following news item for your perusal and wonder when and if at all, the honrable governments would ever recognize disability as the contributing factor to backwardness and initiate at  least a fraction of steps as compared to  those aimed at groups for which  religion as the contributing factor for gackwardness is being given policy sanction.


Total fee waiver for Muslims in AP elite courses
Jun. 11th, 2008
HYDERABAD: Government in Andhra Pradesh has announced total fee waiver for Muslim students pursuing professional courses in the state.
ALREADY in an election mode doling out sops to various sections, the Congress The fee waiver will cover 16 professional courses including medical, engineering and law. Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy made the announcement here after inaugurating a Special Training Programme (STP) Centre for Muslim engineering graduates to impart IT skills. He said the Government would reimburse the entire fee for Muslim students taking up the professional courses. The facility was being given to encourage more Muslim students to pursue various professional courses on par with their Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe counterparts. Reeling out figures to buttress his argument that Congress Government was committed to minority welfare, Reddy said the annual budget for scholarship for minorities had been increased to Rs 120 crore compared to a mere Rs 4 crore in 2004 when Telugu Desam Party was in power. "Every eligible minority student will be given post-matric scholarship," the Chief Minister declared. The objective of STP Centre, jointly organised by the state government, Institute for Electronic Governance, Jawahar Knowledge Centres (JKC), Infosys and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, is to enhance the employable skills of Muslim students.

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