After the Modi government on Tuesday announced a massive scheme of scholarships to 5 crore minority students in the next 5 years, AIMIM spokesperson Syed Asim Waqar responded to it by saying that it was the implementation that was important and that until then, it was merely a promise, and also targeted the ruling dispensation over some of the more controversial members in its midst:
"The Modi government is good at promising a lot of things but when it comes to implementing it, they conveniently forget about it. About 2 crore people in our country are still unemployed. It's very foolish to believe in the promises made by the Modi government. If we have to believe in this scheme, then the Modi Government has to restrict leaders like Giriraj Singh, MP from Begusarai, Bihar who repeatedly target Madrassas."
"In the last 5 years, BJP government did not implement any of the things which they have promised. Let the Modi government bring the scheme and we will wait and watch."
PM Modi's new educational scheme targets to provide scholarships to 5 crore students from minority communities. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Centre aimed at bringing down the drop out rate among school girls from minority communities to zero. He also added that the Maulana Azad Foundation would also offer scholarships to 10 lakh school girls from the minority community.
"The dropout rate of school girls in minority community which was 70-80%, has reduced to 40%. This has to be reduced to 0% in the next five years. Hence we are offering scholarships worth 5 crore to students of the minority community and the economically backward backgrounds. Maulana Azad Foundation will offer scholarships to 10 lakh school girls of the minority community in the next five years apart from the Begum Hazrat Mahal scholarship," Abbas Naqvi said
Talking about the 'Padho-Badho' campaign, he said that Centre aimed at improving educational awareness among economically backward and minority communities in remote locations using mobile vans and other cultural programs.
"In remote locations, where educational institutions don't have proper infrastructure, we are working towards strengthening them. In these areas where awareness is lacking about education, where students are dropping out due to economic constraints, we will improve awareness using 'Padho aur Badho' program. Mobile vans and cultural program are arranged to encourage people to pursue education," he added.
Earlier in the day, Naqvi had chaired the 112th governing body and 65th general body meetings of Maulana Azad Education Foundation at Antyodaya Bhawan where he announced several scholarships such as pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means will be provided to 5 crore students from minority communities, including 50 percent girls, in the next five years.
"Modi government has created an atmosphere of healthy inclusive growth by eradicating the "disease of communalism" and appeasement politics adding that the Modi government is a dispensation committed to 'samaveshi vikas, sarvsparshi vishwas'(inclusive growth with trust)," he said