Seven years after the Rajendra Sachar Committee report on Muslims was published, a non-government organisation has brought out a status report on the socio economic condition of Muslims of West Bengal.
Underlining that there has been no improvement in their condition under the Trinamool Congress-led government, the report claims that at least 65 per cent of Muslims are engaged in “petty, low-income and precarious livelihoods”. Muslims constitute 25-26 per cent of Bengal population.
While 19.52 per cent are still illiterate, only 1.86 per cent of the total population are post graduates, the report, published by Association SNAP and Guidance Guild, reveals further.
Eminent poet Sankha Ghosh, who released the report today, termed it as the “most comprehensive work on Muslims in Bengal” after the 2006 Sachar committee report.
Significantly, the Bengal government had contradicted the Sachar committee report when it came out on 2006 and claimed that the government would publish a report on Muslims in Bengal and commission the report to the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) for verification and further research.
No such report has, however, been commissioned yet to the ISI, said a senior member of the organisation.
The report also claimed,”For India in general, 36 per cent of the total Muslim population were more likely to be living in the towns. But in Bengal the trend took a reverse route – a meagre 17 per cent of the Muslims lived in the urban settlements.”
On the education scenario, the report states, “The educational status of the Muslims show a dismal picture. No literate adult was found in nearly one-fifth of the surveyed households and this is certainly a cause for concern. Even large proportion of those who had had the opportunity of becoming literate or going to school could pursue their studies only up to primary level.”
The report is based on survey of 97,017 households across the state and involved200 researchers and a dozen professors.