State level Workshop on Future Strategy and Development of Muslim Community


Date – 21 February 2008
Place – Anchalik Vigyan Kendra, Lucknow
No. of Participants – 78
Organized By - AMAN (Association For Minority Action For Nation) and UPVAN.

AMAN in collaboration with UPVAN organized a one-day state level workshop at Lucknow with a view to create mass awareness among the Muslim community about the present status of the community in context of health and education and formulate some concrete strategy for the overall development of Muslim Community through the help of VOs. The program was designed in two phases as panel discussion where the panel members shared their views on the concerned topics along with the open session where the suggestions of the participants were invited. Shri Janardhan Prasad Tripathi, Secretary, UPVAN coordinated the whole discussion.
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Objectives:

  • Discussion and plan future strategy on economical, social and cultural development of Muslim Community in the light of Sachar Committee.
  • Role of VOs in the implementation of the activities under Sachar Committee
    After a brief round of introduction among the participants UPVAN distributed the summary of the findings of Sachar Committee both in Hindi And Urdu.

 First session:

First session panelist were invited who were: -

    • Mr. Ashok Singh, Director Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra, Lucknow
    • Dr. Janardan Tripathi, Secretary UPVAN Lucknow
    • Mr. Om Prakash, Swadesh Bihar
    • Ms. Rehana Rahman, Nav Bharat Samaj Kalyan Samiti, Moradabad

Summing up the views of the panel members following statements were given:

  • Conduct research on the problems of the Muslim communities at the regional level - Mr. Ashok Singh, Director Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra, Lucknow
  • Organizations related to minority section should be sensitized - Dr. Janardan Tripathi, Secretary UPVAN Lucknow
  • Spread Awareness among common people about sachhar samiti statements Ms. Rehana Rahman, Nav Bharat Samaj Kalyan Samiti, Moradabad
  • Organize small research on different aspects of the community, which could be used as a short documentary for sensitizing the community about its objectives- Mr. Om Prakash, Swadesh Bihar.

second session:

Thereafter Second session panelist were invited for panel discussion who were:-

  • Dr. Izhar Ansari, ,AGRI Lucknow
  • Ms. Raj Laxmi Kakkad, Laxmi Sansthan, Lucknow
  • Dr. Abdul Rasheed Siddqui, Banda
  • Dr. Majhar Ali Rashidi, Pratinidhi, Lucknow.

    Summing up the views of the panel members following statements were given
  • Special focus should be given to educate the children of the respective community apart from treating them as a source of income generation - Ms. Raj Laxmi Kakkad, Laxmi Sansthan, Lucknow.
  • The documents of Sachar Samiti could be used as a reference material for the development of this community - Dr. Abdul Rasheed Siddqui, Banda.
  • Focus should be made to find out the reason of their backwardness in the development process - Dr. Majhar Ali Rashidi, Pratinidhi, Lucknow.
  • For the effective implementation of any schemes involvement of all the sections of the society should be ensured - Dr. Izhar Ansari, AGRI Lucknow.

After the second session Naheed Aqueel, Prayatna Foundation gave a brief presentation on the study conducted on the Muslim community revealed that they do not get the benefits of Indira Awas Yojna, Job Cards under NREGA and Family Planning. Apart from that the children of these communities face discrimination under the mid day meal scheme.

Third session:

The Third session was organized where following panelist were invited: -

  • Mr. Akshay Bhai, CNRI Lucknow
  • Mr. H.R. Sunny, Nav Bharat Samaj Kalyan Samiti, Moradabad
  • Mr. J.P. Sharma, UPVHA Lucknow
  • Mr. Aftab Alam, AMAN, Bahraich

Summing up the views of the panel members following statements were given:

  • Problems faced by the Muslim community could only be solved through discussion along with that efforts should be made to make the community economically empowered -Mr. Akshay Bhai, CNRI Lucknow.
  • Highlight the problems and evolve new methods to bring a end to the feeling of secularism - Mr. H.R. Sunny, Nav Bharat Samaj Kalyan Samiti, Moradabad.
  • Opening a resource center where all sort of information regarding the community could be made available - Mr. J.P. Sharma, UPVHA Lucknow.
  • There is a strong need to think about the decreasing proportion of the representatives of the community in variouspublic posts. Apart from that workshops should be organized on the social and cultural aspects of the community and ensure open discussion with the government and other stakeholders highlighting the problems of the community. Moreover efforts should be made to work as per the provisions made in the constitution of India about the community - Mr. Aftab Alam, AMAN, Bahraich.

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