Jayanth Jacob, May 24, 2006
New Delhi, May 23:The Muslim chorus for a share in the proposed OBC quota is growing louder and the latest voice is that of the Jamiatul-Ulema-e-Hind.
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A month after Imam Bhukari of Jama Masjid, Delhi, led a delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to press for reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the Muslims, Jamiat met him on May 17 to demand a share in the quota pie.
‘‘Among the demands we placed before him was reservation for the Muslims who are both economically and socially backward,’’ said Maulana Mehmood Madani, chief of the Jamiatul-Ulema-e-Hind today. He said the Prime Minister sounded ‘‘positive’’ on the matter.
The organisation, however, supports exempting the ‘‘creamy layer’’ from the benefits of reservation. ‘‘We are for exempting the creamy layer among all the castes, including Muslims, that come under the purview of the reservation,’’ Mehmood Madani, a member of the Rajya Sabha, added.
In March this year, a delegation of another prominent Muslim organisation, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, met the Prime Minister to underscore the reservation issue. Other Muslim organisations like the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and All India Milli Council, too, have put forth their demand for addressing backwardness in the community through reservation.
Though there is no plan to form a common platform to press for the demand yet, the organisations are not ruling it out. ‘‘For now all organisations are pursuing the matter individually. But, if need be these may come together,’’ Madani added.
The organisations, however, haven’t made clear the percentage of reservation they want for the Muslims. The consensus seems to be on bargaining for a ‘‘proportionate share of 8.5 per cent’’.
A section of the community is also ready for a wait and watch game with the hope that the Sachar Committee and Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities headed by Justice (rtd) Ranganath Mishra, probing the socio-economic status of the community, may recommend reservation as a remedial measure.
Quota row splits IMA
NEW DELHI: Close on the heels of the AIIMS faculty splitting up over the quota issue, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has been opposing the reservation proposal of the HRD Ministry too has divided, with doctors belonging to the backward classes starting a new body favouring reservation.
Indian National Medical Association (INMA), the new ‘‘apolitical’’ group, accused some doctors of the forward classes of dominating the medical body, and alleged that they were ‘‘politically motivated’’ in trying to strengthen the anti-reservation agitation.
‘‘If the Constitution has provisions for reservation to uplift the SC/ST and backward clases, why are these doctors opposing it,’’ Dr S P Singh, president of the new group, said. —PTI