Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Govt mulls quota for Muslims through OBC route

New Delhi: Government is actively considering reservation for Muslims through the Other Backward Castes (OBC) route, minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid has said.
“We are actively looking at the reservation issue. We have a commitment in our (Congress) manifesto. I am pushing for it all the time .... Congress leadership is committed to the issue and there is no shred of doubt about it,” he told PTI in an interview here.

Khurshid was replying to questions on whether the government is ready to implement the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission for reservation to Minorities.
The Commission, whose report was tabled in Parliament in December last year, had recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims and five per cent for other minorities in government jobs. The Commission had also suggested an alternative route for reservation to minorities if there is “insurmountable difficulty” in implementing the recommendation for 15 per cent reservation. PTI

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