[AI] two cheers for democracy

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Mon Jun 16 02:16:27 EDT 2008

May be if we become vital vote banks and decide who rules the country,
we would see sobs in our direction. 

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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

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