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20 December 2011

Popular Front of India welcomes Muslim quota within OBC quota, demands reservation to all Muslims

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The National Executive Council meeting of Popular Front of India (PFI) held at Calicut has welcomed the reported Central government move to allocate specific sub-quota for Muslims within the OBC reservation quota meant for education and employment. Also the meeting noted that though the proposed sub-quota system will remove anomaly in the existing OBC reservation system, it cannot be accepted as a final solution to the problem of Muslim under-representation.

A press release issued by PFI said that the existing Government Order pertaining to OBC reservation earmarks 27 per cent quota for different OBCs including some sections among Muslims in different states. Since there is no sub-quota system for different communities, the more backward among the OBCs are not getting their adequate share. The majority of OBC posts and seats are being shared by a few forwards among the backwards. This problem was solved long back in southern states by earmarking separate quota for different groups. As a result there is separate quota for Muslims in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. But the new central proposal to earmark 8 per cent quota to most backwards and 6 per cent of it to OBC Muslims is quite inadequate. The meeting demanded that the quota for most backwards should be 13.7 percent which is 50 percent of the existing OBC quota and that Muslims should be allotted 10 percent as recommended by Justice Mishra Commission.

Simultaneously, all Muslims all over India must be brought under the purview of OBC reservation, sine Justice Sachar Committee has established that Muslim community as a whole anywhere in the country are more backward than all Hindu OBCs who now enjoy reservation. The meeting also suggested that the new Muslim entrants in the OBC quota has to be considered for reservation posts and seats only when candidates are not available from the OBC Muslims groups who are already in the Central and State OBC lists, the release said.

In another resolution approved by the meeting, Popular Front of India sought immediate and effective intervention of both Central Government and Supreme Court to solve the inter-state dispute between Tamil Nadu and Kerala over Mullapperiyar dam. The meeting appealed political parties on both sides to refrain from arousing it as an emotional issue so as to avoid violence and breach of peace. Popular Front has expressed solidarity with the people of Kudamkulam in their struggle against Atomic energy plant and reminded the Central Government that security of the people must be the top priority of the government.

Meanwhile, the National Executive Council observed that the very huge turnout of masses in Social Justice Conference held recently at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi is an indication of the people resentment about prevailing injustices and rights violations and their determination to fight for social justice. The meeting decided to conduct ‘National Public Health Week’ during February 10-17 in order to create awareness about health and hygiene.

The meeting was presided over by Chairman E. M. Abdul Rahiman. General Secretary K. M. Shareef presented reports and moved resolutions. Those who attended the meetings included Vice President Muhammad Ali Jinna and members Moulana Usman Baig, Prof. P. Koya, Muhammed Shahabudin, Ya Moideen, Adv. K. P. Muhammed Shareef, Hamid Muhammad, Elyas Thumbe, Karamana Ashraf Moulavi, O M A Salam, Moulana Kaleemullah Siddiqui, Muhammed Roshan and A. S. Ismail, the release added.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

1 comment:

  1. Mohd Sami Khatana LucknowDecember 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Proposed 6% quota is not sufficient.It may limit the Muslim O.B.C.'s in the elections of local bodies to fight on the seats,reserved for Muslim O.B.C.'s only. Best solution is amendment of constitution or lifting BAN from the restriction of 50% reservation,imposed by the supreme court.And to give share, according to population of each group of communities.

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