CM Yogi: UP government set to give infrastructure push to Muslim-dominated areas and blocks | Lucknow News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Be it the impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s call for Pasmanda (dalit and backward) Muslim outreach or the Yogi Adityanath government’s reworked strategy, the state government has identified Muslim-dominated areas and blocks to focus on infrastructure development.
As the BJP as well as CM Yogi Adityanath are torchbearers of Hindutva, the focus on minority-dominated areas for infrastructure development is being seen as a major shift in the party’s strategy.
Junior minister for minority welfare, Danish Ansari, who is in the news for launching a survey to weed out illegal madrassas, confirmed that the department is focussing on infrastructure development in minority-dominated areas. He said the central and state governments had jointly earmarked the budget of Rs 53.73 crore for the project.

In all, a total of 14 projects in as many places have been taken up. Among the projects, a 200-bed girls’ hostel and multipurpose conference hall at Government Girls Intermediate College will come up in Ghazipur. Similarly, a 100-bed girls’ hostel will be constructed at the government girls’ intermediate college at Patthadeva in Deoria. Among other projects, a government homeopathy dispensary will come up in Swar area of Rampur district which has a minority population of over 50%.
BJP had emerged victorious in the Lok Sabha by-elections from Rampur despite aggressive campaigning by the most prominent leader from the district, Mohd Azam Khan. The result has given hope to the BJP think-tank that this is the right time for Muslim outreach.

BJP leaders said that keeping in view the bypoll results of Rampur and Azamgarh, both Muslim-dominated seats, along with the assembly elections in Telangana due next year, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi might have emphasized on confidence-building among Pasmanda Muslims.
Other projects in UP include construction of a 100-bed hostel for working women in Bulandshahar, a 50-bed hostel for working women at Gangoh in Saharanpur, a government homeopathy clinic in Hapur, a multipurpose hall in Amroha, and construction of additional classrooms at an industrial institute in Basti.

Speaking about the budget, Ansari told TOI that the first instalment had been received and as the projects progress, more amount would be sanctioned. “While 60% of the cost of the projects is being borne by the Centre, the remaining is being contributed by the state government,” he added.
Job fairs will also be organised soon in Muslim-dominated areas of all the 19 divisions of the state. The aim is to provide employment to maximum Muslim youths through these events.
“The final schedule of the job fairs will be chalked out in a few days,” Ansari said.