NCM to scrutinise Maya Govt's performance on minorities

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New Delhi, Jun 9 (UNI) A full team of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) will be subjecting the performance of the Mayawati Government to scrutiny over implementation of the Sachar Committee Recommendations and cases relating to harassment of minorities during its two day-visit to Uttar Pradesh starting June 11.

It is for the first time after its formation that the NCM in full strength was going to the state.

Earlier, the visit of the Commission was postponed in April as the Commission could not get any appointment from the Chief Minister to meet her. Since then various dates were proposed but the meeting could not be fixed.

''We finally decided to visit the state and go about our job, whithout getting stuck up because of unavailablity of the Chief Minister for us,'' Chairman of the Commission Mohammad Shafi Qureshi told UNI.

The Commission would just seek a courtsey call,'' he said.

The NCM chairperson said there were a lot of cases of harassment of minorities coming from Uttar Pradesh, so it was decided to go there and get a first hand knowledge of the situation.

''Moreover, we want a feedback from the people and the administration as to the status of the implementation of the government schemes initiated on the recommendations of the Sachar Committee,'' said Mr Qureshi.

There are various component in the Sachar Report and the related Government schemes that would go long way in ensuring economic and educational development of Muslims, and it all depended on how and whether the schemes were being implemented, he said.

During the visit, the Commission will also meet the representatives of Madrasas to guage how they were taking the schemes for modernisation of their institutions and motivate them if their actions in this regard are found lacking, said Mr Qureshi.

The Commission would also meet the Governor and the Chief secretary of the state, he said.

There were also a number of cases of pending compensation to victims of anti-Sikh riots in the state, most of which, were, however, settled during an earlier visit of NCM Member Harcharan Josh.

''Now the Chief Secretary would tell us about the follow up action the government had taken after his visit,'' said Mr Josh, who is leaving for the state tonight itself. Tomorrow he would go to Rae Bareli district to attend a convention of Gurudwaras of eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Josh said there are several cases related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots in eastern part of the state too.

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