Gurgaon, 29 Sept: NDA government’s first progress panchayat to woo Muslims population begins from Mewat today.
Opposition has slammed it as a pre election gimmick to lead an image makeover for BJP as the party has failed to reach the minority in the last two years.
As per the programme, 100 Panchayats will take place which will include an official dialogue with minority communities. The first progress panchayat of Mewat district would be held in the presence of Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh and Kishan Pal Gurjar and other Haryana Ministers.
The event will be launched by Union minister of state for minority affairs (independent charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Naqvi said yesterday that the aim of this initiative is to remove the fear and misconceptions of the minority community about the BJP government.
The initiative is started in Mewat as it has maximum Muslim population and is the most backward district of Haryana.
The Union minister (Naqvi) will address a public gathering at Bichhor village in Punhana,where 10,000 people are likely to attend the event. The government has prepared a holistic plan to develop Mewat and people would be asked to give their suggestions on how they want their district to be developed.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will lead the event to educate and inform people about the Centre’s different welfare schemes, especially in the field of education, health and employment. The Ministry will also help people in availing the schemes.
The Minister is also scheduled to inaugurate a 100-bed hospital in nearby Hathin, also in Mewat, as part of the exercise.
After Mewat, another progress panchayat will be held in Alwar, Rajasthan. “We plan to organise at least two progress panchayats every month. About 100 such panchayats are scheduled,” said a Ministry official.
However, oppositions are claiming that the move is being taken in the view of upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections which holds a large number of minority voters.