Milli council dissatisfied over Union Budget 2008-09

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Jaipur, Mar 8 (UNI) The All India Milli Council has expressed its dissatisfaction over allocations in the Union Budget for minorities and held that the minorities particularly the Muslims could not get even the benefits of allocations and announcements made in the previous Budget.

The council's state General Secretary Abdul Qayoom Akhtar told newspersons here that the UPA government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stressed the need of better package to minorities in the light of the Sachchar Committee report.

However, this remained ellusive and the Union Budget for 2008-2009 had dissappointed us, Mr Akhtar said adding that allocation of Rs 1000 crore for minorities in a total plan expenditure of Rs 2,43,386 crore was just negligible and the council was not sure whether this much would really percolate for welfare of minorities.

He said the benefits of allocations and announcements of the previous Budget could not reach to needy due to faulty and/or half hearted implementation by Minorities Welfare Ministry and other departments.

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