STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Maharashtra's Decision Granting 5 pc Quota to Muslims Historic: Min

Published: 26th June 2014 03:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2014 03:40 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan today termed as "historic and revolutionary" the state government's decision to provide 5 per cent reservation to Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions.

"Several surveys had mentioned about socio-economic as well as educational backwardness of Muslim community. The Sachhar panel of Central government and Rahman panel of the state government have also highlighted the same," he said.

Khan said that both the committees were positive about the need for reservations for Muslims in education and jobs.

"As per available data, the representation of Muslims in government jobs is very poor," the minister said, adding that the quota would help to empower Muslims socially and economically which will go a long way in bringing them in the mainstream.

In a politically significant decision, the Congress-NCP government yesterday approved 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and five per cent for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp