The Jammat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has put in place a path-breaking
action plan to create educational, health and housing facilities to
improve the lot of millions of poor
Muslims in the country under Human
Welfare Foundation as Vision -2016.
Alarmed by the findings of the Justice
Rajinder Sachar committee, which painted a dismal picture of the
socio-economic conditions of Muslims in India, the Foundation
intends to build a student hostel in each state as well as 10
centres of higher learning has been pegged .
All this is part of the Foundation’s
Vision-2016' aimed at providing free quality education and health
services to the poorest among India's 140-million-strong Muslims.
The Indian Muslim population .is the world's third largest - after
Indonesia and Pakistan.
"We are committed to achieve the
objectives of Vision-2016 within the stipulated period of time.
Funds will be generated through donations," said K.A. Siddiq Hassan,
a retired university professor and vice-president of JIH, which is
headquartered in New Delhi.
Although the government has plans to
improve the conditions of minorities, it is increasingly felt that
the community's lot will change for the better only when Muslims
activists and groups contribute their bit.
The Foundation’s health agenda
includes setting up a super speciality hospital and 10 speciality
"The process and planning for all the
projects are going on smoothly.Hopefully the targets will be
achieved Hassan told in an interview.
The Foundation has decided to
construct 10,000 dwelling units in urban India while 100 model
Islamic villages will also be developed by 2016.
"Each model village will have 100
houses, a primary and higher secondary school, a
clinic-cum-diagnostic centre, a community hall, a shopping complex
and a mosque," said
The Foundations 'Vision-2016' talks of
total emancipation of poor Muslims.
aims at imparting quality primary and secondary education to the
poorest among Muslims. We also intend to provide them health
facilities and financial assistance for economic empowerment," said