Buddha plans housing scheme for minorities

Posted on March 3, 2011


The state government is considering a housing programme for minorities, weeks before the Assembly polls.

After announcing reservations for minorities in 2010 – according to which 10 per cent government jobs would be reserved for them — the government has now promised relief for Muslims who do not have access to housing.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said on Sunday that the problem of housing for Muslims must be addressed and that his government was trying to come with a separate housing solution.

“As a solution to the problems of housing for Muslims, a separate housing society must be built for them,” Bhattacharjee said. The Chief Minister said that he had spoken to Gautam Deb, the state’s minister for housing, Abdus Sattar, minister for minorities affairs and Mohammad Salim, the chairman of the West Bengal Minority Development and Finance Corporation, on the issue.

“There are so many large townships coming up everywhere, but how many Muslims will you find living there?” Bhattacharjee asked.

He stressed the lack of opportunities for minorities in education, training, employment and housing as a serious concern. The government was trying to address each one of them, he added.

Indian Express