MUMBAI: BJP Mumbai vice-president Haider Azam has written to the Maharashtra government to utilize Rs 130 crore funds lying unused at Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corporation (MAMFDC) to give financial help to lockdown-affected members of the minorities in the state.
In a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray and minorities department minister Nawab Malik, Azam said, “Many families of the minorities have been severely affected due to coronavirus-induced lockdown. They have lost businesses and jobs. The government should immediately release funds to help these needy members of the minorities.”
Azam who held the post of MAMFDC’s chairman during Devendra Fadnavis-led government (2014–2019) added that he had asked the state government to help some Muslim families with funds from MAMFDC during the holy month of Ramzan. “Ever since the government took over several months ago, it has not utilised a single paisa from the MAMFDC’s funds. People suffer even as the funds remain unutilised,” he alleged.
Minorities department minister Nawab Malik said that schemes are being prepared to utilize the funds. “We are in the processing of chalking out plans on how and where to spend the funds,” he said.
Meanwhile, former minorities development minister Anees Ahmed has also sent letters to Thackeray and Malik asking them to reach out to the needy members of the minorities with financial help. “Small Muslim traders have been badly affected in this pandemic. The government should disburse the funds among them,” said Nagpur-based Ahmed who was first Minorities Development Minister in Maharashtra.