Thursday, July 1, 2010

Muslim reservation in Bengal

Buddha uses OBC quota promise to woo Minority Community

Over 50% of Muslims in Bengal have been identified as backward and eligible for OBC certification. The states' decision followed the Ranganath Mishra Commission report that recommended 10% reservation for Muslims & 5% for other minorities on the basis of Sacchar Committee report.

Bhattacharya said that the Ranganath Mishra Commission report had strengthened the govt's resolve to go ahead with more benefits for Muslims. However, the state govt. was finding it difficult to implement it because reservation on the basis of religious community is still not in vogue.

Hence, the move is to offer reservations on the grounds of 'backwardness' as had been followed in some other states including Karnataka.

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