Mamata at Id prayers on Red Road. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta
Calcutta, Aug. 9: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today promised to “look into the problems of the minority community” herself before going on to highlight in a speech after Id prayers her government’s welfare schemes for Muslims.
Around an hour before Mamata arrived at the Red Road prayers, Qari Fazlur Rahman, who leads the Id prayers, urged the government to look after the minority community, adding that “giving toys and lozenges is not going to help”.
During her brief address at Red Road, the chief minister said: “I have come to wish you on Id and thank you all. Our government and police are by your side.”
Mamata said the steps her government had taken on minority development were unmatched.
“From Bengal, I want to tell the entire world that no government has been able to match the kind of work our government has done for the minority community. Tell me if you have any problem. Send a letter to my office. I will take up the matter,” Mamata said.
The chief minister spoke about the initiatives taken by her government for the welfare of the minority community — reservation in government jobs for backward Muslims, reservation in higher education, scholarships for students from the minority community and minority bhavans.
She said the government had fulfilled 100 per cent of the recommendations ofthe Sachar committee.
Mamata also mentioned the affidavit filed by the government in the Supreme Court requesting that the panchayat polls not be held in the holy month of Ramazan.
Before the chief minister arrived at Red Road, Qari Fazlur Rahman said most of those who died in violence during the rural elections were from the minority community.
“Seventy per cent of those killed in the panchayat polls were from the minority community. They gave their lives for the ruling party and the government. Now, the ruling party and the government should see to it that the community’s demands are met. Giving toys and lozenges is not going to help,” he said.
Qari Fazlur Rahman stressed on the promotion of education among minorities.