Mumbai, Feb 29: Muslim intellectuals and religious scholars today welcomed the UPA goverment's 5th budget and called it a minority friendly budget for allocating funds for various projects for the minority community, especially the announcment of recruiting more candidates in the para military forces.
Talking to the sources, Maulana Mehmood Daryabadi of the All India Ulema Council said that the government's announcment for raising the fund of the Minority Affairs Ministry from Rs 500 crore to Rs 1,000 crore is appreciable, but the same amount should be strictly used for the betterment of the community.
Secretry of Raza Academy Saeed Noori pointed out that although the government has also allocated certain funds for modernising the ''Madrasa'' education, it should not be made mandatory for the ''Madrasas'', as the management of the various religious schools across the country managed it through the funds generated by them and dont require goverment's aid. He however added that the UNPA government's move to introduce modern education in ''Madrasa'' can be considered as steps taken for the welfare of the community.
Arif Naseem Khan, former minister and Congress MLA said that the annoucment of certain minority welfare schemes in the budget is the beginning of implementation of Justice based on Sachar Committee report, which was set up for the educational and financial status of the Muslim community.
Author Dr Dawood Kashmiri said that the promises made by the government in the budget should be fulfilled and the community should not feel that the promises were made looking at the forthcoming Parlimentary elections.