Ahead of a series of assembly polls this year and the general elections next year,the central government is planning to set up a committee to review the progress made on implementation of the Rajinder Sachar Committee report.
The Sachar Committee had given its report. But it is essential to evaluate the progress of programmes being run after that. A new panel is being set up to look into this, Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan told The Indian Express. He said the committee,which is likely to be notified soon,will be given three months to submit its report.
The panel is expected to be headed by Amitabh Kundu,professor (economics) at Jawaharlal Nehru University,said the minister,adding that it would include experts and economists. Writer and activist Farah Naqvi,a member of the National Advisory Council,is likely to be a part of the panel.
The Sachar Committee had expressed concern about the under-representation of Muslims in education and employment. By and large,Muslims rank somewhat above SCs,STs but below Hindu OBCs,other minorities and Hindu general (mostly upper) castes in all indicators considered, it had said. It had made 76 suggestions,72 of which were approved by the government.
The move to set up a panel,being seen as an image-building exercise,comes at a time when there have been concerns about the under-representation of Muslims.