STATE, CENTRE AID
Mumbai: As an initiative to implement the Prime Minister’s 15-point development plan, the state and Centre have collectively allotted Rs 190 crore for the development of minorities in Maharshtra. While the Centre has approved Rs 140 crore, the state has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for housing and for building ladies hostels, ITI colleges and polytechnic institutes for minorties in the state.
“These schemes are being implemented across Latur, Beed, Jalna, Parbhani, Jalgaon, Washim, Buldana, Hingoli and Yavatmal under the Minorities Development Project. Underprivileged girl students in rural areas will be given free cycles for travel. Separate’ girls hostels are being built; computers, too, will be given to institutes under this scheme,” said Naseem Khan, state minorities affairs minister. He added that 44 existing polytechnic institutes will be used in the evenings to provide skilled education to minority students.
The Times of India, October 13, 2013