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PM faces protest for launching new minority schemes; lone protester alleges existing schemes fail to benefit Muslims
As the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh concluded his speech at the launch of National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, a man, identified as M. Faheem Baig, stood up and showed his anger against various government schemes meant for Muslims.

In the function that was also attended by the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Baig alleged that none of the existing schemes were reaching the Muslim beneficiaries.

“There is no need for a new scheme when government cannot ensure the implementation of the existing welfare schemes,” said Baig.

Before being gagged and escorted out of the conference hall, Baig added, “I have written 150 letters to you but my voice was not being heard.”

PM Manmohan Singh later asked Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan, who was also present at the event, to meet Baig and "hear his views and consider his petition".

Although it was a symbolic protest, however, the charges he made against the government, somewhere shows the frustration of common people who is suffering under the burden of inflation, poverty, corruption.

Ex-Chief Executive Officer of UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Akmal Husain said that as the election was near Govt. is launching such plans. He said that the schemes meant for Muslims are never implemented seriously.

“The biggest fault is in intentions. The government doesn't convert its intention into implementation of minority programmes. What Baig did was his personal view, it may be due to the corruption at the grass root level.  There is a need of proper mechanism so that these programmes reach the minorities in different area.”

He added that the Govt. should open offices at district levels, where officials understand the local problems and try to solve it.  “I think what PM has launched today is going to benefit the Minority Community but one has to wait and watch,” said Akmal Husain.

Jamiat Ulama i Hind's spokesperson Abdul Hameed Nomani termed today's incident aas the proof that some people want cheap publicity.

“They do such type of activity to come into the media, there's a proper way of talking and raising your voice against something, he was invited there to attend the function. Had he been given the chance to talk than it's alright but doing so is simply a bad idea.”

Nomani supported the government saying that if it is launching new schemes it's good for people.

“The plan that govt has launched today, will it help the Muslim community or not, will be seen in the future on the basis of its mechanism and its functions. But disturbing the programme is not tolerable at any cost, we strictly condemn this incident,” added Nomani.

NAWADCO is a new central public sector enterprise under the Minority Affairs Ministry, which will work towards the development of 4.9 lakh Waqf properties in India, which is the largest in the world. It has been planned in a way that revenue generated from these assets will help in the development of the minority community.

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