Panel wants 12% reservation for Muslim Minorities irrespective of sects, beliefs

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh State Minorities Commission (APSMC) chairman Abid Rasool Khan, along with members Sardar Sarjit Singh and Gautham Jain met Chairman of Backward Classes Commission B.S. Ramulu and Members on Thursday to put forward the Commission’s submissions justifying an additional 8% reservation to Muslim Minorities.

Congratulating Ramulu and his team, who have assumed charge recently, Abid Rasool Khan appreciated their immediate efforts in conducting a hearing on reservation to Muslim Minorities. The State Minorities Commission submitted its submissions on reservation that have been recommended by G. Sudhir Commission’s report in August this year. According to it, Muslim Minorities should be given an additional 8% reservation over and above the 4% which has already been provided earlier.

The APSMC explained that Muslim Minorities are socially, economically and educationally backward, a fact that has been recorded in the reports of Sudhir, Justice Ranganath Mishra and Justice Rajender Sachar.

The APSMC also explained that in the socio-economic survey conducted by the Commission, and the interaction, the Commission had during its tour to the districts and during the review of 15 Point Prime Minister’s Programme clearly found that Muslim Minorities are socially, economically and educationally backward and need reservation to come up and become equal citizens in the country.

The Commission explained that earlier 4% reservation was provided to Achehukattalavamdlu,  Attar Saibulu, Dhobi Muslim, Faqir,  Garadi Muslim,  Gosangri Muslim, Guddi Elauguvalli, Hajam,  Labbi,  Pakeerla,  Qureshi,  Shaik, Siddi and Turaka Kasha excluding the poor, backward, eligible and needy sections of Minorities only on the ground that they do not hail from these communities.

Abid Rasool Khan stressed the poor, needy and economically backward sections in the Muslim Minorities should be granted reservation, irrespective of their sects and beliefs, and the Commission could fix their socio-economic parameters.

The Commission requested the Backward Classes Commission to take detailed information with regard to the socio-economic survey before submitting its findings to the government. Such effort will help stand scrutiny to any review by any court of law as non-statutory bodies conducting such surveys are legally challenged. –NSS

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