OBC quota for Backward Muslims: Cong says have not come up with sub manifesto
Amid a controversy generated by the Congress proposal, in the form of an additional manifesto, promising to find ways to provide quota for backward Muslims Scheduled Caste status to all dalit minorities, the party today said it has not come up with a sub manifesto and that the proposal was a part of suggestions made to the party during the consultation process for preparing its manifesto.
"The Congress has not come up with a sub manifesto. These (providing 4.5 per cent quota for backward Muslims in OBC reservations) are on these are only suggestions made to the Congress party made during the consultations process for preparing its manifesto," senior Congress leader and Union Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here.
In its proposal, the Congress promised to offer a quota of 4.5 per cent for backward Muslims in the existing other backward caste (OBC) reservations.
"If voted to power will examine the feasibility of mandating the next Delimitation Commission to ensure that Minorities aren't disenfranchised through reservation of constituencies where minority population equals or exceeds SC/ST population" the proposal, appearing on the Congress website, said.
The proposal said ,"The Indian National Congress is committed to finding a way forward towards meeting all such expectations of these groups, by putting in concerted efforts, as detailed below.
1. Extension of Scheduled Caste status to all Dalit Minorities.
2. Examine feasibility of mandating the next Delimitation Commission to ensure that Minorities aren't disenfranchised through reservation of constituencies where minority population equals or exceeds SC/ST population.
3. Ensure adequate representation of Minorities in all public positions.
4. Ensure that funds earmarked for Minorities are allocated to various minority groups in a population-proportionate manner.
5. Earmark reservation of 4.5 per cent for backward Muslims in the existing OBC reservations.
6. Ensure adequate representation of minorities in student and faculty in educational institutions.
7. Establish a Minority Commission in every state to safeguard the interests of minorities.
8. Undertake special awareness drives to educate Minorities about government schemes for their benefit.
9. Ensure improved accountability mechanisms for proper implementation of government schemes for the welfare of minorities.
10. Press for implementation of former Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi's letter to state chief ministers to ensure that Waqf properties illegally occupied by state and Central governments are vacated and restored to the State Waqf Boards.
11. Ensure utilization of funds allocated for the publicity of Madrasa Scheme (SPQEM) in Urdu and other languages.
12. Ensure implementation of Central Urdu Teachers Scheme across states.
13. Empower Equal Opportunity Commission to check discrimination against Minorities in employment and education opportunities.
14. Institute a Committee to enquire into the socio-economic status of all Minority groups, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Muslims to ensure equitable access to government benefits for the welfare of Minorities." The proposal has raised a huge controversy with the BJP
accusing Cong of playing 'politics'.
"Congress has released their supplement manifesto. Nobody is ready to believe a supplement manifesto of a losing party, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.
Taking pot shots at the Congress, he said,"Losers may promise the moon tomorrow. But the people have suffered under their 10 years rule. So nobody is willing to discuss it also." This is their last desperate attempt to win back some of the votes but they are losing on all fronts. Losers can promise moon but people won't believe it," he said.
(Posted on 26-04-2014)