Dalit Christians seek quota, apex court admits plea:
The Supreme Court Wednesday admitted yet another plea for according
a Scheduled Caste status to Dalits embracing Christianity, entitling
them to quota in state jobs and educational.....
Popular Front of India, (PFI), will launch a nationwide
two-month long “National Campaign for Muslim Reservation” during
February and March this year. The nationwide campaign will start
with a grand public meeting at Pune in Maharashtra on January 31. A
Parliament March will be held at New Delhi to mark the conclusion of
According to a Press release handed
over at the a Press conference addressed by O.M.A. Salam, Secretary
PFI, the report submitted by the Prime Minister’s High Level
Committee (Justice Rajindar Sachchar Committee) in November 2006 has
identified the entire Muslim community as more backward than any
Other Backward Communities.
The committee concluded in the light
of official facts and figures that Muslim presence in the education
and government service is far below their proportion of population.
The gap between Muslims and other communities increases as the level
of education increases. Unemployment rates among Muslims are
The Press release said the presence of
Muslims is found to be only 3 per cent in the IAS, 1.8 per cent in
the IFS and 4 per cent in the IPS. Muslim community has a
representation of only 4.5 per cent in Indian Railways. Share of
Muslims in security agencies is only around 4 per cent. The
situation in different states is also not different. No state has
Muslim representation in government jobs as equal to their
population strength, the Press release pointed out.
It is in this context, Salam said,
that the recommendations of the recently submitted Justice Ranganath
Mishra Commission Report has become significant. "If Sachchar report
rightly diagnosed the issue, Mishra report contains the right
prescription", Salam reportedly remarked.
The Mishra Commission has earmarked 15
per cent of government jobs and seats in educational institutions
for minorities, out of which 10 per cent exclusively for the Muslim
Community. As an alternate suggestion, it has earmarked 8.4 per cent
out of existing OBC quota of 27 per cent for minorities, of which 6
per cent exclusively for Muslim OBCs.
The Report was tabled in the
Parliament without the accompanying action taken statement (ATR).
Nor the Central Government has so far made any commitment regarding
the implementation of recommendations contained in the report, the
Press Release stated.
It was in this context, Salam
reportedly said, that Popular Front of India has decided to hold a
National Campaign for Muslim Reservation during February and March.
It is planned to have a series of public awareness programmes such
as pamphlets, posters, exhibitions, street meetings, vehicle
caravans, rallies, seminars, street plays and cultural shows in
various states during the campaign period.
Also present in the Press Conference
were Ya Mohideen, Member, National Executive Council, Popular Front,
and Sadiq Qureshi, Convenor, Maharashtra State Popular Front.