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By Melvyn Reggie Thomas

Surat: Muslims from Gujarat and Maharashtra are expected to attend in huge numbers the first-ever national conference to discuss the '21st century's socio-economic challenges' before them here on Sunday.

The national conference, aimed at spreading awareness among the minority community, especially the Muslims on the welfare schemes of the government and its effective implementation for the socio-economic empowerment, will be held under the presence of cleric Maulana Mohammad Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, chairman of Strive for Eminence and Empowerment (SEE) and Hazrat Maulana Qari Rashid Ahmed Ajmeri, a cleric from Surat.

Maulana Mohammed Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, who is also the member of steering committee of the Planning Commission, recently led a campaign for substantial increase in the funds in the 12th Five-Year-Plan (2012-2017) for the welfare of minorities, especially Muslims.

Union minister of external affairs, Salman Khurshid, Union coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Union minister of minority affairs, K Rahman Khan, Union HRD minister Dr M Pallam Raju, member of Planning Commission, Syeda Hameed, and National Commission for Minorities chairman, Wajahat Habeebullah, will be present.

The organizing committee members said a special cell has been formed under the leadership of SEE chairman to keep an eye on various government schemes for the minorities and to make sure that they take maximum benefits out of them. The conference will motivate the community members for taking active part in the welfare schemes for their socio-economic development.

Mohammed Hanif Boga, an organizing committee member, said, "All the 11 Five-Year plans announced after India's Independence have gone unused by the Muslim community due to their ignorance and illiteracy. But, now Muslims under the leadership of SEE chairman have awakened. This is the first ever conference in western India and Surat has been selected as the host city."

(Courtesy: The Times of India)
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