New Delhi: With the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections scheduled for 2012, the Congress-led UPA has laid thrust on the minority voters and the development projects concerned with them and this is due to this reason that the Union Government is not solely relying on the reports of state government on the development of minorities in Uttar Pradesh.

Sources claimed that Union Minister of Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid wants to review the Centre’s development projects being carried out in the minority dominated districts of the state.

Along with a team of officials, Khurshid will be visiting Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday to inspect two new Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) set up in Lisadh and Kairana. The training programmes of wielder, computer operator, programme assistant, fashion technology and sewing cloth have been arranged.

UP has 21 districts which is dominated by minorities having a Muslim population of around 4.5 crore. Sources said if the several development projects related to these areas are completed in time, Congress is likely to reap its benefit in the 2012 elections.

However the pace of development of projects is not satisfactory. For instance in Muzaffarnagar alone, around 4000 units of Indira Awaas were to be come up but so far only 1000 units have been built and rest 3000 units are still under construction.

About 3000 Anganwadi centers were to set up in district, out of which only 28 are functioning.

Till March 31, 2011, state government had utilized only 41 per cent of funds allotted for development projects in minority dominated areas.
 
JPN/Bureau