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Thursday December 29, 2011 07:24:49 PM, & Agencies

Mumbai: In an important decision taken during the cabinet meeting held yesterday, the Maharashtra government approved the proposal to grant judicial powers to the state minorities commission to strengthen its functioning.

"The judicial powers will enable the commission to summon officers against whom complaints have been filed and call for official papers for documentary evidence", Minorities Development minister Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan said while addressing the press after the meeting.

"This will help the commission to carry out their work independently and expeditiously. Earlier, summons from the commission were not binding on the bureaucrats. Now, it will be mandatory," he said.

The Maharashtra Minorities Commission so far did not have such powers because of which it was regarded as a powerless institution. Granting the judicial power will help the commission in addressing the complaints it received. 

States like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have the similar provisions for granting judicial powers to minorities commission under their jurisdiction.


While the minister announced granting judicial power to the commission, he was tightlipped on when the commission would be re-constituted and names of its chairman, vice-chairman and members would be declared. 

The Maharashtra Minorities Commission is without these posts ever since Mohd Naseem Siddiqui and Abraham Mathai completed their terms few months back as chairman and vice-chairman respectively.








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