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Govt eliciting views of ministries on Ranganath Misra report

The Government is eliciting views of concerned ministries on the Ranganath Misra Commission report,which recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims and five per cent for other minorities in government jobs.

The Government is eliciting views of concerned ministries on the Ranganath Misra Commission report,which recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims and five per cent for other minorities in government jobs and favoured Scheduled Caste status for Dalits in all religions.

The responses would be discussed by the Union Cabinet before a decision on implementing the report is taken,Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

“We are sending it (report) to various ministries asking them to come back with their suggestions and responses. We can then place their views before the Cabinet,” he said when asked as to what the Government was doing on the recommendations.

The report of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities,headed by former Chief Justice of India Ranganath Misra,was tabled in Parliament in December.

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The Commission has also recommended delinking of Scheduled Caste status from religion and abrogation of the 1950 Scheduled Caste Order which “still excludes Muslims,Christians,Jains and Parsis from the SC net.”

The Order originally restricted SC status to Hindus only,but later opened it to Buddhists and Sikhs.

The Commission also suggested an alternative route for reservation to minorities if there was “insurmountable difficulty” in implementing the recommendation for 15 per cent quota.

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In this regard,it said since minorities constitute 8.4 per cent of the total OBC population according to the Mandal Commission report,a sub-quota for them should be proportionate to their population.

The internal break-up should be 6 per cent for the Muslims and 2.4 per cent for other minorities. Khurshid said his ministry had very little role in implementing the report as a number of ministries were involved.

“Our role is very little. We don’t have to decide (on the recommendations). It has to be decided by other ministries,” he said,adding his ministry will give its input on the recommendations when the matter comes up before the Cabinet.

First published on: 14-01-2010 at 12:00:33 pm
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