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Published On:28 September 2012
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National seminar on '21st Century’s Socio-economic Challenges' in Kanpur on Sept. 30

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: A National seminar on the topic of “21st Century’s Socio-economic Challenges” is being organised on September 30th in the industrial city of Kanpur.

Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadwi, Chairman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, has consented to preside over the seminar. The key-note address will be delivered by Maulana Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, chairman of SEE, (Strive for Eminence and Empowerment). The seminar, which is being organized under the aegis of SEE, will be held at Rajendra Swaroop auditorium in the Civil Lines locality of Kanpur from 10 am onwards.
Salman Khurshid, Union Minister of Law & Minority Affairs; Mr. Prakash Jaiswal, Union Coal Minister; Dr. Rita Bahuguna Joshi, ex-president of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, (UPCC); Mr. Nirmal Khatri, president of UPCC; and Mr. Zafar Ali Naqvi, Member of Parliament, would be the other dignitaries who would participate in the seminar.

According to Maulana Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, who is the brain behind and has prepared the Concept paper of the seminar on “21st Century’s Socio-economic Challenges”, the 21st Century has brought new problems, ideas, icons & civilizational aspects, a qualitative change from the previous century for which people, particularly the Muslims, are least prepared. Rapid educational development in the form of technology is becoming the real power of the States. The States are withdrawing from welfare services, education etc. Those spaces have to be filled by the groups coming from civil societies. The absence of the State from civil amenities affects the poor most.

Maulana Fazlur Rahim in his Concept paper says: “Roti, Kapra aur Makaan” the basic dreams of the 20th Century, have been replaced by Quality Education, Health & Economic participation. Indian economy is the fastest growing economy of the world after China. Its GDP at factor cost at constant (2004-05) prices in the year 2010-11 is now estimated at Rs.48,77,842 crore. The Muslims and other weaker sections missed the bus as is clearly reflected in Sachar Committee Report (2006) & Justice Rangnath Misra Report (2008).
The socio-economic growth agenda is articulated by the Planning Commission of India in its Five Year Plan. It is the responsibility of the Planning Commission to look at the regional and social development imbalances and fill the gaps created in between.

There are at least two spheres which can deliver better performance only with the assistance and participation of the government. It is not necessary that all the time the exchequer has the capacity of abundant funds to meet the expenses of public welfare. Our country has also seen the periods of time when the Five Year Plans had to be done away with in very critical and grave economic situations. As mentioned above, the rate of economic growth of India stands second to China. During the year 2011-12, GDP growth rate was 6.5 per cent adding approx. Rs.50,00,000 crores to the exchequer. Those having an eye upon the economic matters are familiar with the variance in the growth rate of an economy. It is not a steady phenomenon, but has a trend of inconsistency in it, the Concept paper says.

When infrastructural critical gaps are outsized, it has a propensity to increase, and with the filling of these gaps, it tends to slow down. It is anticipated that in our country these spaces will be filled up after 2020. As a consequence, the government will accordingly expend lesser amount in social sphere, and eventually it will be moved in the private hands. This trend is to some extent is manifested in the 12th Plan. Briefly it can be said that in the 12th and 13th Plans there will be huge expenditure in the educational and health like sectors, which is not likely to be further replicated.

From the above discussion two things are clear: in the 12th and 13th Plan, there will be ample funds allocated for welfare schemes, the Concept paper points out.

Maulana Fazlur Rahim said: “We are confident that the 12th Plan will be better than the 11th Plan. Though each plan process has attempted to take special note of the status of the weaker sections and seen that their needs, concerns, and aspirations are taken into account, the 11th FYP (2007-2012) for the first time made a concerted effort to reverse some of the trends that plagued the minorities in general and Muslims in particular. These positive policy instruments showed desirable results in a short period of time and raised the expectation of the various communities across the board. The 12th Plan (2012-17) proposals have been completed and submitted by various committees constituted for 12th FYP.

However, he said that there were teething problems in implementation of the welfare schemes. lack of transparency, lousy procedures & guidelines, corruption and lack of initiatives by the Community themselves are blocking needy people to get the benefits of the welfare schemes. 

Muslims must partake of their citizenship rights, and enjoy the fruits of development, like all other groups. The rights of Muslims to equal opportunity and equal access to all public goods and services must not be hampered by bias and prejudice in the hearts and minds of those who implement these schemes, the Concept paper stresses.

Maulana Fazlur Rahim said: “I am also worried why these schemes, starting from Delhi, do not reach up to our villages, blocks and towns. This seminar is an effort to deeply comprehend this problem and to find a way out so that the objective of these schemes may be fulfilled in letter and spirit.”

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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