Akhilesh distributes cheques on International Minority Rights Day

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today distributed cheques to schoolgirls under the Humari Beti, Uska Kal scheme on the occasion of International Minority Rights Day, and emphasised the need for quality education, especially among minority communities.

Saying that education should be given importance along with development works in the state, Akhilesh said, "The women of Uttar Pradesh, especially those belonging to the Muslim community, are lagging behind in education. Hence, we restarted Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojana and launched schemes such as Humari Beti, Uska Kal (HBUK)."

Under HBUK, girls from minority communities who have passed class X and belong to families whose annual income does not exceed Rs 36,000 are given financial assistance of Rs 30,000 for further education or marriage expenses.

Targeting the previous Mayawati government, the CM said: "They were attached to stone, statues and memorials, so much so that they even kept some in spare. But we want to bring Uttar Pradesh on a par with states that are known for their development. We hope that the benefits of this scheme (HBUK) are manifest soon enough."

A number of schoolgirls, out of a total of 2,260 from Lucknow, Sitapur, Barabanki, Unnao, Rae Bareli and Hardoi, were given cheques of Rs 30,000 each by Akhilesh and Minorities Welfare Minister Azam Khan today.

"In the previous government, files related to minority communities just went from one table to another. But the Samajwadi Party works according to the Constitution. There are provisions to ensure the rights of minorities in the Constitution and, unlike the previous government which wanted to see stone elephants, our CM wants to see a smile on the faces of 'living' beings," Azam said. Akhilesh also launched a booklet detailing schemes for minority communities.

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