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Posted on Nov 28, 10:14AM | UNI
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said all the welfare and development schemes for the benefit of minorites were being implemented with sincerity and commitment and not keeping in view the votes, which comes in five years.
The Chief Minister said during the recent Southern Chief Ministers conclave in Bangalore, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram agreed for extending loans to the tune of 15 per cent to minorities in the state as per Reserve Bank of India guidelines. As of now, only 7.5 per cent loans are sanctioned in the state. Mr Reddy also directed the Chairman, State Level Bankers Committee and all other bankers over the same.
A 50-member delegation of religious leaders including Muslims, Christian, Sikh and Jains led by Mr Abid Rasool Khan called on the Chief Minister at his camp office here and thanked him for announcing 'separate Commisionerate for Minority Welfare', an official release here said.
Referring to recent High Court orders regarding Charminar-temple issue, the Chief Minister said the 'state government is neither on any side."The government followed the orders of the court scrupulously. Protecting the pride of the Charminar is all our duty. Charminar is the pride of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and nation," he added.
"Some people were trying to gain political mileage from it. Our commitment and sincerity towards Muslims or minorities is unquestionable," the Chief Minister charged.