Seeking a rapprochement between the government and NGOs for the implementation of social assistance programs for minorities

ASEEM organizes monitoring committees at state and district levels

The Association for Socio-Economic Empowerment of the Marginalized (ASEEM), an NGO linking potential beneficiaries to government programs, sought better coordination between different government agencies and NGOs for better implementation and monitoring of programs non-statutory social protection for minorities.

The NGO recalled that it was in 2018 that a government decree extended non-statutory benefits to minorities, including the upgrading of 1,000 professional graduates, financial aid to 10 law graduates from each district of Telangana and 100 d ‘Hyderabad, and the establishment of four skills development centres. centers in Hyderabad, Warangal, Nizamabad and Hyderabad districts among others.

“Unallocated Funds”

Regarding the implementation of eight of these initiatives, ASEEM filed right to information requests requesting the status report. “We had made several requests to RTI to understand how the initiatives were being implemented. In some cases, we found that no budget allocation had been made and no guidelines had been established, such as the one for professional development. The government has designated agencies such as TS Minorities Finance Corporation, Study Circle, Director of Minority Welfare and others as implementing authorities,” said SQ Masood of ASEEM.

For example, with respect to poly housing, a non-statutory benefit, the Department of Horticulture, which is an implementing authority, said in an RTI response that the program has been implemented until the 2018-19 financial year. No budget allocation was made afterward, Masood said. Similarly, no information was available on the minority land development plan with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, he said.

In a letter to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and Minister of Minority Welfare Koppula Eshwar, ASEEM urged the state government to set up state-level oversight committees and including members of the state bankers committee, key district officials and NGOs, with a stipulation to hold meetings quarterly.