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on 2007/8/8 13:21:49

Indiramma beneficiaries on the net

The Y S Rajashekar Reddy government has chalked up an ambitious programme to construct houses for the poor. The idea is to construct lakhs of houses for the poor and allot them to the homeless. But a lot of irregularities have been reported with many rich and influential people cornering the houses on Benami names.

The government now wants to put a check to this. So all the names of the beneficiaries under the Indiramma Pathakam will now be displayed on the net. The government hopes that this would bring down the extent of corruption and malpractices considerably and also ensure transparency.

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    NTR's Grand Mother passes away

    2010/9/22 18:57:34
    Jr. NTR's grandmother Indiramma (81) who was ailing with severe health problems since a long time passes away on Wednesday afternoon in a private hospital at Hyderabad. When, everyone from NTR clan has isolated Jr.NTR and his mother, they both stayed with Indiramma for a long time. It’s learnt that Indiramma is the one who boosted the spirits of her grandson Jr.NTR and made him a big hero. Her only one dream to watch Jr.NTR’s marriage was unfulfilled with her death. All the big heads of the film industry conveyed their sympathy to Jr.NTR and to his mother.

    Andhra News : NTR's Grand Mother passes away

    Govt sanctions 6 lakh houses for poor

    2011/10/20 17:51:03 The State Government on Thursday accorded sanction for the construction of six lakh houses against the applications received during the Rachabanda – I of 2011-12 who are found eligible and registered on line, both for Rural and Urban areas.

    Of six lakh houses, 5,40,000 houses will be rural areas while 60,000 houses will be in urban areas. The unit cost for RPH house is Rs. 45,000 which includes Rs 13,200 Govt. Subsidy, Rs 31,300 Loan Component and Rs 500 Beneficiary Contribution for Rural areas. Similarly, the unit cost for UPH house is Rs 55,000 which includes Rs 6,000 Govt. Subsidy, Rs. 47,000 Loan component and Rs 2,000 Beneficiary Contribution for Urban areas under Rachabanda.

    Out of 6,00,000 houses, 3,24,000 houses for Rural and 13,680 houses for Urban would be for SC/ ST beneficiaries for whom, additional loan of Rs. 20,000 and Rs 30,000 has been sanctioned in Rural and Urban areas respectively, over and above the unit cost as is being sanctioned under Indiramma in all phases. The total project cost will Rs. 3.,44,904 lakhs.

    Nearly 15 per cent of houses have been sanctioned for minorities and therefore, they would get 81,000 houses under the scheme. (INN)

    Andhra News : Govt sanctions 6 lakh houses for poor

    Month-long Rachabanda-II from Nov 2

    2011/10/25 17:40:28 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday said that in Telangana areas Rachabanda-II Phase will be synchronised with Rs 1-a-kg rice scheme, Indira Jala Prabha and Rythu Mahila Sadassulu. The dates for the Rachabanda II Phase in the districts will be finalised by the District Collectors in consultation with the District-in-charge Ministers.

    The Chief Minister said that November, 2011 will be declared as 'Welfare Month'. The Rachabanda II will be spread over a whole month from November 2 to 30 to cover the entire State along with other welfare programmes.

    The Chief Minister had a detailed meeting on the Rachabanda-II with the ministers and officials at Secretariat on Tuesday. Ministers Kanna Lakshminarayana, N Raghuveera Reddy, P Sudarshan Reddy, Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi and other senior officials attended the meeting.

    As many as 1116 mandals and 134 municipal wards would be covered under Rachabanda-II. On an average, there are 3-4 mandals per constituency and one mandal would be covered every day during the Rachabanda programme.

    The programme commencing on November 2 would end on November 15 - effectively for 10 working days. The District Collectors have been asked to ensure that they prepare the list of beneficiaries under ration cards, pensions and housing for distribution. The benefits will be distributed to all the identified eligible beneficiaries during the Rachabanda programme at all the mandal headquarters in the MRO/MPDO office where the people's representatives would distribute the assets (benefits) along with the concerned local officers.

    The District Collectors and the Civil Supplies Department have been asked to distribute coupons to the newly identified eligible beneficiaries. Similarly, the District Collectors and the Rural Development Department have been instructed to distribute pensions to about 4.64 lakh people including 48,426 differently-abled people. The District Collectors have also been asked to expedite the sanction of 2.20 lakh houses to the eligible beneficiaries in consultation with the District-in-charge minister.

    The Chief Minister asked the officials to be ready with schemes and benefits and the details to be disbursed during the Rachabanda Programme. Total Number of applications found eligible for new Ration Cards are around 30 lakh out of which 24.40 lakh are applications for white ration cards. The District Collectors and the Civil Supplies Department will take necessary action to distribute coupons to the newly identified eligible beneficiaries during the Rachabanda-II.

    Meanwhile, the District Collectors and the Rural Development department will take necessary steps to distribute pensions to the newly identified eligible beneficiaries during the ensuing Rachabanda-II. It is proposed to sanction 6 lakh houses under Rachabanda-II out of the eligible applications registered online. The District Collectors have to take expeditious action to sanction 2.20 lakh houses as per the district allocation from the uploaded online eligible beneficiaries in consultation with the District-in-charge Minister.

    The mandal level officers shall prepare the lists showing constituency-wise and mandal-wise availability and access to drinking water and sanitation facilities in school toilets so as to facilitate on the spot sanctions wherever necessary. (INN)

    Andhra News : Month-long Rachabanda-II from Nov 2

    Rs1/-kg rice scheme launch from Tuesday

    2011/10/31 17:16:34 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will launch the Rs 1-a-kg subsidised rice scheme near Ganesh Statue at Khairtabad on the occasion of Andhra Pradesh Formation on Tuesday.

    The scheme will benefit over 2.26 crore BPL families in Andhra Pradesh and an estimated population of over 7.5 crore. According to CMO, all arrangements are in place for the launch of the scheme throughout the State and rice stocks have been positioned in the ration shops in all districts. The government will have to give an annual subsidy of Rs 2,600 Crore for the scheme and nearly 3.3 lakh metric tonnes of rice would be required per month.

    Meanwhile, the Chief Minister will also launch the second round of Rachabanda programme from Jaggampeta in East Godavari and Yelamanchili in Visakhapatnam districts on Tuesday.

    The Rachabanda II phase is meant to fulfil all the assurances given in the I Phase of Rachabanda. It may be recalled that in the first Phase Rs 2,500 crore were spent to benefit nearly 26 lakhs people. Now in the second phase Rs 3,500 crore will be spent and the beneficiaries would be 35 lakh people. Five lakh new pensions, six lakh Indiramma houses, 24 lakh new white ration cards also will be disbursed during the second Phase of Rachabanda.

    The Chief Minister on Monday held a video conference to review the preparations of the Rachabanda with the Collectors of all districts and other officials from the Secretariat. Ministers, Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi and other top officials participated in the video conference. The Chief Minister directly interacted with the District Collectors and resolved some of the issues immediately.

    The District Collectors explained to the Chief Minister about the preparations and also settled some minor issues. In Telangana along with disbursement of other benefits, Indira Jala Prabha and Rythu Mahila Sadassulu also will be launched. The Chief Minister said that in Adilabad alone, 1 lakh acres of fallow land will be brought under cultivation under the Indira Jala Prabha scheme. (INN)

    Andhra News : Rs1/-kg rice scheme launch from Tuesday

    YS has massed 35,000 crore

    2007/11/10 15:02:11 The TRS chief Chandrashekar Rao has alleged the chief minister Y S Rajsashekar Reddy has amassed wealth to the tune of 35,000 crore. KCR alleged that YSR amassed all this money through illegal means. The money came by way of bribes for the works done for Jalayagnam, Indiramma and other works for which the contractors have paid bribes in crores of rupees, says KCR.

    Andhra News : YS has massed 35,000 crore

    CM asks Centre for 8 lakh LPG connections

    2011/8/17 13:48:27 The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday demanded that the Centre provide 8 lakh LPG connections per year to Andhra Pradesh to ensure that maximum number of BPL families are covered under Deepam scheme in the next three years.

    In a letter to Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas S Jaipal Reddy, the Chief Minister said that the State Government proposes to cover maximum number of BPL families with LPG connections by paying the deposit for Cylinder and Regulator with a view to protect the women from health hazards caused due to cooking with fire wood.

    "We have allotted 37.36 lakh Deepam connections to the beneficiaries so far since 1999. The Oil Companies in the State have assured to provide a minimum of 3 lakh Deepam connections during the current year," the Chief Minister said.

    In Andhra Pradesh, there are about 200 lakh families out of whom 147 lakh families (both general and Deepam beneficiaries) are having LP Gas connections. These uncovered families mostly belong to the BPL families who would not have taken the connections due to their inability to pay the deposit towards cylinder and the regulator to the Oil Companies.

    Therefore, the Chief Minister wants the Centre to advise the Oil Companies to allot 8 lakh LPG connections to Andhra Pradesh per year for distribution under Deepam scheme in the next 3 years. (INN)

    Andhra News : CM asks Centre for 8 lakh LPG connections

    YS Bomb on Babu

    2007/9/28 8:24:16

    The chief minister is said to be planning to counter Babu’s plan to provide free current and other sops announced by him yesterday. Y S Rajashekar Reddy is readying a secret bomb to be fired at Babu. According to reliable information, YSR is conducting the feasibility of giving rice at Rs. 2 a kg to the poor.

    He is likely to take a decision on this at an appropriate time. The CM has also asked the officials to speed up developmental works and also the Indiramma hosing scheme at top speed. The talk of a mid-term poll to Parliament as well as Assembly is gathering momentum by the day.

    Andhra News : YS Bomb on Babu

    MLAs exchange blows

    2007/7/13 14:36:20

    The MLAs and others holding important public offices are getting into petty fights and fisticuffs in full public glare. The presence of the media and even electronic media which is recording the incident live does not seem to deter them.

    The ruling party MLA Murli Mohan and TDP MlA Jogulu came to blows openly at the review meeting of the Indiramma housing scheme at Srikakulam. Minister Bothsa Sathynrayana and TDP leader Yerram Naidu were present at the meeting.

    The two MLAs used foul language against one another and it resulted in their coming to blows. Such incidents are becoming a regular feature everywhere.

    Andhra News : MLAs exchange blows

    YS safe!

    2007/8/4 11:33:13

    The storm that threatened to blow in the face of chief minister Y S Rajasheakar Reddy seems to have blown away. YSR was in Delhi to meet party chief Sonia Gandhi. He gave her a detailed report about the Mudigonda issue and also explained that measures taken his government following the killing of six people in the police firing.

    Madam Sonia is reported satisfied with the explanation give by YSR beaming YS later held a press conference and said that he will now concentrate on developmental activities like Indiramma housing scheme, Jalayagnam etc. with renewed vigour.

    It is now clear that the high command as more or less absolved the CM on the Mudigonda issue and he can now breathe easy. Sonia is expected to tackle the grievances of the left parties at the central level.

    Andhra News : YS safe!

    CM’s olive branch to Jagan

    2010/11/25 13:58:52

    The new CM gave enough hints at his maiden press conference that he will continue all the welfare schemes introduced by the late CM YS Rajashekar Reddy.

    The chief minister said that he will continue all the schemes and make them even more efiecient so that there will be no leakages and the benefits reach the targeted beneficiaries.

    This is seen as a clear signal of trying to have cordial relations with Jagan.

    Andhra News : CM’s olive branch to Jagan

    Pulakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme gets nod

    2011/8/2 18:58:08 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday approved the construction of Pulakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme under the Guru Raghavendra Project in Anantapur district with an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore.

    The proposed Lift Irrigation Scheme on LLC of Tungabhadra River will benefit 9830 acres of gap ayacut. Hydrological clearances already been given with 0.644 TMC from Tungabhadra River.

    Most of the beneficiaries by this Project are small and marginal farmers belonging to SC, ST and BC communities. The Project will be a boon to the farmers suffering for several decades being in the tail-end of LLC.(INN)

    Andhra News : Pulakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme gets nod

    GMR gives tough competition to YS!

    2008/3/14 17:09:53

    When it comes to praising the Gandhi-Nehru family, chief minster YS Rajashekar Reddy is second to none. But it seems that YS finally found a match in Grandhi Malliikarjuna Rao. During the inauguration of the international airport in Hyderabad this evening, GMR went all out in his praise of Sonia Gandhi, her government, the congress party and its schemes, loan waiver, old age pensions, Indiramma and Rajiv housing schemes and what not. GMR raised Sonia Gandhi sky high. YSR was seen squirming in his seat. For once, GMR bagged brownie points over YS in praising Sonia Gandhi.

    What has the congress party schemes to do with the inauguration of an airport? The speech sounded like it was some sort of a felicitation program organized by some die hard congress party loyalists. It looked more like a function at Gandhi Bhavan than an inauguration of a international airport.

    Andhra News : GMR gives tough competition to YS!

    Azad, CM to launch 'Indira Jal Prabha'

    2011/10/1 16:00:22 Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will inaugurate the 'Indira Jal Prabha' at Yerragondapalem on October 2 and the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will participate in the programme as per the revised schedule. Earlier, Chief Minister was to declare open the scheme.

    As per the revised schedule, the Chief Minister will visit Prakasam and Krishna districts on October 2. He will leave Shamshabad airport on Sunday morning and reach Gannavaram airport at 10.50 AM. He will then proceed to Jangalapalli village of Yerragondapalem mandal in Prakasam district by helicopter and meet officials and non-officials.

    After attending the Jala Prabha programme, he will interact with beneficiaries and lay a foundation stone for Ekalavya Model School for ST girls at Thimmapuram, the birth place of Allasani Peddana of Vijayanagar Empire, of Dornala mandal to be built at a cost of Rs 12 Crore. Later, he will lay another foundation stone for the construction of civil supplies godowns for storage of 2000 MTs at Yerragondapalem at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore under Nabard scheme.

    The MLS point will cover 41 Fair Price shops in Yerragondapalem, 34 shops in Tripuranthakam and 40 shops in Pullacheruvu mandals. The Chief Minister is also expected to lay another foundation stone for an e-seva centre and then address a public meeting after distributing assets to the beneficiaries under the Indira Jal Prabha. He will reach Gannavaram airport at 2.40 PM. After meeting officials and non-officials, he will inaugurate a milk project and a railway over bridge.

    At 3.55 pm he will inaugurate Rajiv Gandhi statue at Ramakrishnapuram. after a brief halt at the State Guest House he will see a demo on IT services and then proceed to Bandar road in front of Victoria memorial museum to flag off and participate in the 'Vande Gandhiam March' at 4.35 PM. the cm will attend 'Vande Gandhian celebrations at the Indira Gandhi outdoor stadium at 5 pm. He will be back in Hyderabad at 8.15 pm by a special flight from Gannavaram airport. (INN)

    Andhra News : Azad, CM to launch 'Indira Jal Prabha'

    CM greets people on Vijayadasami

    2011/10/5 15:42:55 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday wished the people of Andhra Pradesh a happy and prosperous Vijayadasami. In a special message to the people on the eve of the Dasara festival he said “let good triumph over the evil as the legend behind the festival goes and let us all live in peace, happiness and prosperity.

    The Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh has been making rapid strides in every sphere and is regarded as the investors' best destination. The State is endowed with rich natural resources and a long coastline. It is industrially strong and is one of the biggest agricultural producing State contributing to the Nation's food security. It is also one of the tourists' paradise in the country.

    The Chief Minister reminded that many new schemes like Re.1-a-kg rice scheme to benefit 2.26 crore families and 7.5 crore people, 0% interest crop loans up to Rs.1 lakh for farmers, Indira Jala Prabha by which 10 lakh fallow lands of SCs/STs will be brought under cultivation, 15 lakh new jobs for unemployed youth through Rajiv Yuvakiranaalu, filling up of 1.16 lakh government jobs by the end of this year, additional ration cards, pensions, Indiramma Housing etc. through Rachabanda II Phase, issue of all certificates and licences electronically through a transparent system and release of funds for priority schemes though green channel etc. will be implemented in right earnest as per schedule. He said all the ongoing welfare schemes will also be continued.

    The Chief Minister said subsidised rice at Re.1-a-kg will be supplied to all the white card holding BPL families from A.P Formation Day on November 1. Rice stocks towards this scheme are already being positioned in all ration shops. The Chief Minister also said that the Prime Minister will present the appointment order to 1 lakh youth by the year end. Notification process for recruitment to 1.16 lakh government jobs is on and department vacancies have already been published. Another most important scheme is the 0% interest crop loans to the tune of Re. 1 lakh to benefit 95 lakh farmers who makes prompt repayment. The Chief Minister said the additional ration cards and pensions, Indiramma houses and other benefits will be distributed at the Rachabanda II phase to be held shortly.

    Kiran Kumar Reddy said of several major irrigation projects that were taken up, 12 were completed and works on many more projects are in full swing on priority basis. No other State in the country has taken up irrigation in such a massive scale spending such huge amounts, he added. The Chief Minister also hoped that Polavaram and Pranahitha-Chevella would be declared National Projects. He wished the people of the State a happy Dasara and said his government will continue all the welfare and development programmes in right earnest. (INN)

    Andhra News : CM greets people on Vijayadasami

    Babu back with BJP?

    2008/3/5 15:04:09

    With elections now a distinct possibility in 2008, al the parties are now gearing up to brace themselves for them. The ruling congress is making efforts to project itself as a farmer friendly government by announcing the waiver of loans taken by farmers. YS Rajasehkar Reddy is also highlighting the pet schemes like Indiramma and the work on the irrigation projects.

    Babu is now trying to project himself as a champion of the farmers. He has gone ahead and claimed the credit for the announcement of the relief package for farmers by Chidambaram in the union budget. The BJP fro the first time, took part in a rally conducted by Babu the other day.

    Politics makes for strange bedfellows. The TDP fought the election along with BJP and dumped them after coming to power. The BJP National leadership is for a separate Telangana and is working towards some sort of an alliance with the TRS. Babu also wants to enter into a strategic alliance with the BJP.

    The elections are sure to turn up some strange permutations and combinations in the state. The Chiranjeevi factor is also weighing very prominently among all political parties in the state.

    Andhra News : Babu back with BJP?

    KCR helps his bitter foes

    2008/6/2 11:48:29 The TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao has done a big favour to the Congress and the TDP by forcing the by polls. The results have greatly helped his bitter rivals, YS Rajashekar Reddy and Chandra Babu Naidu.

    The congress has put up a good show and this has strengthened the hands of chief minister Ys Rajashekar Reddy. This is a testing time for YSR and the results have boosted his morale an also helped him to consolidate his position in the party.

    The senior party leaders like G Venkataswamy, Uppunoothala Purushottam Reddy, even the maverick MSR and Hari Rama Jogaiah will now have no option but to remain silent. Their voice will no longer carry weight with the high command and this will greatly help YS to concentrate on governance and implement hi pet projects like 2 rupees rice, Indiramma housing etc.

    Babu is also very happy with the results. Even though the vote percentage has come down, the victory in five assembly and one Lok Sabha seats has brought back life into the TDP. The dissidence will now come down and the wavering Telangana leaders in the party will now drop the idea of quitting the TDP.

    The TRS leader has done immense good to the congress and the TDP and in the process, injured himself badly.

    Andhra News : KCR helps his bitter foes

    'Vijayashanti' leaps ahead as politician

    2007/1/23 8:53:12

    Vijayashanti @ Ramulamma is progressing fast in political ladder. It may be recalled here that she had launched a party called Talli Telangana and participated in road shows. She had toured the Fluorosis-affected places in Nalgonda district for about two days.

    Very recently Shanti had toured the Jawahar Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar and other such slums in Hyderabad. She personally met the people in slums and learnt about the problems faced by them.

    Several people had narrated their tales of woe to her.

    Speaking on the occasion, Vijayashanti says, 'The Congress government had miserably failed in providing at least the basic amenities to the slums in Telagana region as none of them had proper roads, drainage facility and power supply.'

    She alleged that the Congress government, though boasting of constructing houses under Indiramma scheme, in fact, forcing people to demolish their houses and shift to other places in search of livehood.

    Telugu Cinema News : 'Vijayashanti' leaps ahead as politician

    Raghuveera allays land owners’ fears on LECs

    2011/7/9 19:28:45 The Loan Eligibility Cards, valid for one year, to 66,716 licensed cultivators, (LC) ( formerly tenant farmers) will be issued by the government and to begin with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will start the programme for issue of cited cards from Sunday in Rajahmundry in East Godavari district.

    Later the scheme will be followed up by the respective ministers, MLAs, MPs and Revenue Officers concerned in other districts from july 11 to 16.

    With five security features there is no scope for manipulation in the cards which have been printed by the mint of Nasik.

    So far over 5.54 lakh beneficiaries have been identified and 27000 more applications were under scrutiny announced the Minister for Revenue N Raghuveera Reddy told media persons at the Secretariat.

    “There is no threat to the right of the land lord whose land was coming under irrigation by the cited cultivators and the former has been provided with full security which was made known to them,” Mr Raghuveera Reddy said. He has already toured over eight districts on this errand.

    “The government is also planning to organize exhibitions in the districts for farmers’ awareness on the subject,” the Minister revealed.

    Bank loans to the extent of Rs 50,000 will be advanced to the LC without any security and above that amount some security is required but in no case the land will be pledged, the Minister informed.

    The bankers also agreed to the scheme in SLBC meeting recently, Mr Raghuveera Reddy pointed out. Asked about the recoveries, the Minister replied, “It is the job of the banks and responsibility of the loanees.”

    The list of beneficiaries receiving the said cards will be sent to the bankers, he added.

    All political parties have been appealed to cooperate in this scheme as it involved the poor farmers. The Minister is understood to have discussed with all stake holders, farmers’ representatives, party leaders to arrive at a consensus before the issue of the ordinance unanimously earlier.

    An Act could not be made in the previous Assembly session for various reasons but discussions on the subject were held from village level to the state level.

    “In all 28,215 gram sabhas were held to interact with the farmers on the subject,” Mr Raghuveera Reddy said.

    The recipient of the LEC would get subsidy on government seeds, fertilizers, implements and bank loans. This apart, insurance cover would also be provided to them when their crop was affected by the vagaries of nature.

    The Minister maintained that efforts were made to provide all facilities to the poor farmers (LC) to help them raise the crops.

    Also present at the press meeting were Pankaj Dwivedi, Special Chief Secretary, CCLA, P Yellappa, Secretary, Ccla and Punitha, Principal Secretary, Revenue.(INN)

    Andhra News : Raghuveera allays land owners’ fears on LECs

    BPL card holder allowed to buy August rice in July

    2011/6/19 13:18:11 The state government on Sunday issued orders permitting all the BPL families, including Antyodaya Anna Yojana beneficiaries, to draw rice at Rs 2 per kg as per their entitlement, for the months of July and August, 2011 in July itself.

    Commissioner of Civil Supplies Harpreet Singh said that all the BPL card holders who want to avail of this facility can draw two months rice quota as per their entitlement for July and August, 2011 at Rs 2 per kg in July, 2011 itself.

    The Andhra Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited will be making necessary arrangements to move required quantity of rice to the fair price shops.

    The cardholders were requested to contact the District Supply Officer concerned or the Managing Director of Civil Supplies, Hyderabad if they require any clarifications.(INN)

    Andhra News : BPL card holder allowed to buy August rice in July

    Muslims deprived of Rs.400 Cr zakat fund

    2011/8/24 18:15:08 Hundreds of crores of rupees being spent by the Muslims community in Hyderabad towards Zakat is being misused and not reaching the actual beneficiaries.

    Zakat is the amount of money that every adult, mentally stable, free, and financially able Muslim, male and female, has to pay to support specific categories of people in every Ramazan. According to a study done by Idarae-Tehqiqaat-e-Ilmiya, Hyderabadi Muslims pay over Rs 385 crore towards Zakat, every year. However, a large part of this amount is not reaching the actual beneficiaries.

    Zakat is obligatory when a certain amount of money, called the nisab is reached or exceeded. The nisab (or minimum amount) of gold and golden currency is 20 mithqal, this is approximately 85 grams of pure gold. One mithqal is approximately 4.25 grams. The nisab of silver and silver currency is 200 dirhams, which is approximately 595 grams of pure silver. The nisab of other kinds of money and currency is to be scaled to that of gold, 85 grams of pure gold. This means that the nisab of money is the price of 85 grams of 999-type (pure) gold, on the day in which Zakat is paid.

    Based on the instructions of Holy Quran and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), all eligible Muslims give Zakat in cash to the specified categories. According to Idara Tehqiqaat-e-Ilmiya secretary Moulana Syed Khwaja Moizuddin Ashraf, Hyderabadi businessmen, NRIs and others pay an annual zakat of at least Rs 385 crore. This is just an estimation and the actual amount could be much higher. However, Moulana Ashraf told INN, that due to improper distribution the Zakat amount is not reaching the needy.

    Almost 90 per cent of the Zakat amount is going to Madarsas and other institutions. However, the administrators and managements of many Madarsas and institutions are themselves keeping 40 per cent of the Zakat amount that they collect every year towards 'Service Charges'. Due to this practice, the adminstrators of those insitutions have become millionaires and the needy persons are still deprived of their due share.

    Moulana Ashrafi said the first target of Zakat should be the elimination of poverty from the Muslim society. If the zakat is paid as per the rules then it could help hundreds of poor Muslim families in Hyderabad and the State. Poor relatives have the first right on Zakat amount followed by friends and neighbours and then the other specified categories. The Madarsas, where Islamic education is imparted, too must get the share. But instead of making the managements or administrators richer, people can directly help the students and their families.

    Proper utilisation of Zakat amount could ensure the economic empowerment of the entire Muslim community. Thousands of Muslims families are living in poverty. Their economic conditions are so worse that even to do petty trades, they are forced to borrow money on higher interests rates, which is considered Haram (forbidden) in Islam.

    Zakat is a financial form of worship and no eligible person is exempted from its payment. However, some politicians are distributing Zakat to draw publicity and to get political mileage. Former Wakf Board chairman Mohammad Saleem and TDP MLC Ibrahim Bin Abdullah Masqati has resorted to vulgar display of their wealth by organising public distribution of Zakat involving their party chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

    These leaders distributed some food items and cash among 8,000 poor families in Hyderabad. However, the way it was distributed was highly objectionable. They distributed 25 kg rice, 2 kg of pulses, 1 kg oil, 1 kg tamarind, 1 sari and Rs. 200 cash to nearly 8,000 families. They organised the distribution at function halls and Chandrababu Naidu was invited for the distribution of Zakat material.

    Tokens were distributed among beneficiaries a day in advance. The poor Muslims were asked to gather at the functions halls next day at about 8 am. The TDP President who usually fixes appointment at 11 am, but always comes late by 3 hours, came to distribute the Zakat items. Poor Muslims, who were also observing Ramzan fast were made to wait in long queues for several hours. The media was also invited and the leaders posed for photographs while distributing Zakat items. Is it permissible in Islam? Is it not an insult to poor Muslims? (INN)

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