Monday, March 15, 2010

Militants' families face discrimination

New Delhi, Mar 15: The National Conference today raised the issue of discrimination against family members of militants, saying they should be provided all facilities to ensure their participation in the national mainstream. The matter was raised by Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri and Mehboob Beg at a meeting of Parliamentary Forum for Children, which was presided over by Speaker Meira Kumar. Participating in the discussion, Ratanpuri said the militancy affected children need extra care and the government should extended all benefits to them so that they consider themselves as a part of the society. He regretted that most of them did not get benefits of various schemes launched by the government. Human Resources Development Minister, Kapil Sibal and Minister for Child Development, Krsihna Tirth also attended the meeting and gave details of the schemes for the welfare and development of children particularly from the underprivileged class. Both members stressed the need to remove discrimination. Ratanpuri said that thousands of families had been affected by the militancy and their rehabilitation should be utmost for the government. Dr Beg sought guidance of experts for the committee members to chalk out programmes and schemes for the children. The Speaker said that such proposal is under the consideration of the government.

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