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Sunday, 18 March 2012 11:38
Telugu Desam has made a case for hiking the budgetary allocation to minorities in view of the need for their all round development in education, employment, skill development, housing and also social welfare.

The Andhra Pradesh and the central budget have both have disappointed  to bring cheer among the minorities of the state in the current years budget.
Experts describe the budgetary allocation of Rs 3,135 crore for minorities for the fiscal year 2012-13 as 'inadequate' in spite of the increase in allocation of Rs 385 crore from Rs 2,750 crores in previous year. Politicians and activists say that there has been negligible provision of pre-matric scholarship which has been increased from Rs 540 crores to Rs 810 crores and post-matric scholarship which too has seen a rise from Rs 405 crores to Rs 450 crores. 

Prof Kancha Ilaiah, director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Manuu, observes, "The allocation is an injustice to the minorities and does not commensurate the levels of social exclusion the minorities are facing. Their socio-economic ghettoisation has been pointed out in the Sachar Committee report. As for the SCs and STs, the budget has been good for them."

The Union General Budget earmarked Rs 4.5 crore for free cycles to girl students from minority students studying in class IX so as to encourage them not to drop out. Also, Rs 18 crore has been earmarked for the Skill Development Initiatives so that the youth from the minority communities become employable. 

In Andhra Pradesh the Minorities, on the other hand, have been allotted Rs 489 crore in the current year budget compared to Rs 301 crore during 2011-12.

In spite of the tough times in revenue generation, economic reforms and social reforms, the Chandrababu Naidu regime had between 1995-2004 infused several path breaking programs like Roshini etc for promotion of minorities in the state.
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