Telangana State Government to give 12% quota to Muslims says Chief Minister KCR

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has vowed to fulfil his promise of 12% reservations to the poor Muslims in the State and said that the reservation policies of the neighboring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu States will be taken as a model.
He reviewed the progress of the Commission of Enquiry on the socio-economic and educational status of Muslims in Telangana and directed the officials to under take a deeper study of community’s condition through extensive survey specially in the rural areas. The meeting was attended by Ministers , officials and the Hyderabad member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi on whose representation the Government has also included an economist and former IAS officer Amirullah Khan. Earlier, Khan had also served on a similar committee in Maharashtra. The commission headed by another retired IAS officer G Sudhir has another member Abdul Bari.
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The commission, which was formed earlier this year will now hold its first meeting in the first week of August.
Noting that Muslims constituted 12% of total population of Telangana, KCR regretted that the condition of Muslims specially in rural areas was so pathetic that many families had monthly income of less than Rs1,000.
“Go to the rural areas and evaluate the living conditions of these Muslims and recommend how we can improve it”, the CM told the officials.
Replicating the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka model was significant because the total reservation for the weaker sections in the two States has crossed the limit of 50 per cent set by the Supreme Court.
KCR directed the Sudhir Committee to work on the lines of Sachar Committee, Amitabh Kundu Committee at the national-level and Mahmoodurrahman Committee of Maharashtra to collect the data regarding the condition of the minority community. The help of voluntary organisations and minority institutions can also be taken for the purpose, he said.
The Chief Minister also wanted the officials to hold one meeting each for three-four Assembly constituencies to cover the entire State. “After getting the report of the committee long term, medium term and short term programmes will be implemented for the welfare and development of Muslim community”, he said.
Meanwhile, the main Opposition Congress has demanded the State Government to promulgate an Ordinance to immediately extend the 12% reservations to Muslims and the scheduled castes in the State.
Leader of Congress in the legislative council Mohammed Ali Shabbir criticised the Government for not taking any concrete measure to turn the promise of reservation into reality.
He found fault with the State Government for setting up only committees to go into the status of Muslims and the Scheduled Tribes while the Supreme Court had ruled that only Judicial Commission can add or remove any community from the list of backwards.
While the Congress was in favour of the quota for Muslims, the BJP was opposing it from the beginning and had played a major role in mounting a legal challenge to the decision of the previous YSR Government to extend the reservations to Muslims.
Muslims in united Andhra Pradesh were enjoying four per cent reservations since 1995 but after a legal challenge the matter was pending before the Supreme Court. But the court has not stayed the implementation of the quota in jobs and educational institutions for Muslims.


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