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Friday, January 22, 2010 03:17:39 PM, Staff Reporter

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New Delhi: Muslim and Christian leaders today met the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the issue of Reservation for Dalit Muslims and Christians which is denied to them due to the 1950 presidential order, reports New Delhi based fortnightly The Milli Gazette.


The 1950 presidential order excludes Muslim and Christian Dalits from reservation and other benefits given to Hindu Dalits.


Recently Mishra Commission has supported the long-standing demand for the extension of reservation to Muslim and Christian Dalits but the government so far did nothing to implement this recommendation of the commission.


The delegation comprised of Mujtaba Farooq - Secretary Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan - ex-President All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi - General Secretary Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees, Dr Rev. Fr. G Cosmon Arokiaraj - Executive Secretary CBCI Commission for SC/ST/BC and Rev. Dr Enos Das Pradhan - General Secretary, NCCI.


The delegation told the Home Minister that a great injustice is being done to Muslim and Christian Dalits who do not differ in any way from Hindu Dalits who are getting these benefits.


The delegation asked the minister to consider on an urgent basis the implementation of the Mishra Commission recommendations including the one calling for an end to discrimination on the basis of religion.


In his reply to the delegation, P Chidambram said, the issue is under active consideration of the government and a decision on this regard is expected very soon.


He accepted that though Islam and Christianity do not believe in castes, the lot of Muslim and Christian Dalits was no better than their Hindu counterparts.

















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