Cong govts, Centre are most secular: Andhra Pradesh CM
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said only Congress-ruled states and the Centre were most secular in the country and committed to the welfare and well-being of the minorities, particularly Muslims.
Mr Reddy was addressing a delegation of religious heads and elders of the Muslim community, who called on the former at his camp office here and thanked him for sanctioning of Rs 15 crore for repair of Mosques and Churches in the state.
The Chief Minister said that his government enhanced the budget for minorities this year to Rs 489 crore, whereas it was only Rs 30 crore during 2004-2005.
Three more Competitive Exam coaching centres for Minority students would be opened at Nizamabad, Kadapa and Chittoor soon, he assured.
During 2004-2005, 17,000 students were given scholarships of just Rs two crore, which was now enhanced to Rs 230 crore for 1.5 lakh students, Mr reddy claimed.
The Chief Minister said 2000 Vidya volunteers were appointed in Madarsas through Rajiv Vidya Mission.
The delegation requested the Chief Minister that he should take strong action against communal elements, irrespective of religion if they try to shatter the peace and secular centre of Hyderabad.
The members were also very particular about a thorough inquiry into the scam of the Minority Finance Corporation.