TRS Govt. making a mockery of Muslim and tribal reservations: Shabbir Ali
Hyderabad: Opposition leader in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Shabbir Ali has said that the Telangana government is once again making a mockery of reservations in jobs and education for Muslims and tribals and deceiving the gullible backward communities again and again in a press statement issued on Wednesday, Shabbir Ali castigated Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for his recalcitrant and flippant approach to the serious and life- death issue of reservations for Muslim minorities and tribals. Even after two years of being in power, the TRS government had failed to take any sincere and positive steps to provide justifiable and adequate reservations for Muslims and tribals in education and jobs to trigger their all-round social and economic growth. “Quota for Muslims and tribals is kept in the top priority list of the election manifesto, but not addressed by KCR till now,” he lamented .
Shabbir Ali said just passing of resolutions will not help the cause of minorities and the hardships of Muslims and tribals. Commenting on the reported review of the recommendations by the SC (Sudhir) and ST (Chellappa) Commissions on the long pending demands of SCs/STs for hike in quota by the Chief Minister, he said the CM has made empty promises of fulfilling these demands within 100 days and all that he had done was only to set up a few more committees and pass resolutions in Legislature and forward the same to the Centre and wash off his hands. Shabbir Ali said that the CM should know that a number of resolutions passed in the Assembly are pending with the Union government such as SC Vargikarana and political reservation for women and the seven mandals of Bhadrachalam getting submerged in the Polavaram Project.
He said the committees headed by Sudhir and Chellappa had been advised to suggest 9-12% quota for Muslims and 12% for tribals. Both the recommendations, when implemented, could face legal and constitutional hurdles. The CM should not base his decisions on the suggestions of bureaucrats alone but should consult constitutional experts before taking a final decision, the Congress leader advised .
He said the TRS Government was giving a step motherly treatment to the Muslims and tribals. Though Rs.1200 crores were provisioned in the annual budget for 2016-17, hardly 30 % has been spent till the end of December , he lamented .
Shabbir Ali said the government has not honoured the positive suggestion made by the opposition parties that it should appoint members with social and judicial backgrounds only to the BC Commission. The BC Commission set up by the TS Government two months back comprised chairman and members with only academic and political background which was not relevant to adjudge the socio-economic issues of the BCs, he said. –NSS