PANAJI: The Goa State Minority Finance and Development Corporation Limited chairman, Jose Orlando Menezes and vice chairman Ashma Sayed along with the director of Social Welfare SV Naik and deputy director Santan Fernandes held a meeting with the member of the National Commission for Minorities, Government of India, Khurshid Dastoor.
A memorandum was presented to Dastoor urging him to take necessary steps to provide reservations for minorities in professional courses and government jobs.
The memorandum also urged the NCM to provide financial assistance for infrastructure developments such as housing, crematoriums and educational institutions of minorities.
The memorandum demanded a special package for minorities from Goa for pilgrimage tours besides financial support for the newly formed minority corporation. The national commission interacted with the head of the departments including north and south Goa collectors.
Earlier the directors discussed with Dastoor various issues encountering the state commission and different schemes of the corporation to be implemented for the minorities in Goa.
Dastoor was informed that there is around 34 per cent minority population in the state, Christians around 25.10 percent, Muslims 8.33 per cent, Sikhs around 0.10 percent, Buddhists 0.08 percent, Jain 0.08 per cent and others 0.02 per cent.