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Quota for Muslims in government jobs mooted

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, MAY 27. The State Government plans to set up a commission, on the lines of the one headed by Puttuswamy, to provide for 5 per cent reservation for Muslims in employment in the Government sector, according to the Minister for Information and Public Relations, Mohd. Ali Shabbir.

Addressing a get-together organised by the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists here today, he said that the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, had given an assurance regarding implementation of reservation for Muslims while addressing a meeting of ulemas in the morning.

Mr. Ali Shabbir said the setting up of the commission had to be approved by the State Assembly. He said the Puttuswamy Commission, although in office for nine years, did not do much for the benefit of the people. The Muslims already had reservation in education vide GO 86 issued 10 years ago. He would instruct the A.P. Minorities Finance Corporation to sanction liberal loans for Muslim youth to solve their unemployment problem, he said.

The Minister promised steps by the Government to streamline the working of the Journalists' Welfare Fund, to implement orders on use of Urdu as second official language and to resolve the dispute in a Telugu daily by holding discussions with the management.

While stressing the important role played by the media, Mr. Ali Shabbir appealed to journalists to take closer to the people the welfare measures taken up by the Government, particularly farmers, in the context of their increasing number of suicides. The media should help the Government generate confidence in farmers and make them understand that resorting to the desperate action was not a solution to the problems faced by them. He appealed to NRIs and corporates to come to the aid of farmers. He criticised the Telugu Desam government for focussing attention on an individual and neglecting the rural areas.

According to a press note issued by the Chief Minister's office, Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy assured the Muslim community at the ulemas' meeting that the Government would do everything for its welfare. It would revive the Puttuswamy Commission and, if necessary, examine the possibility of setting up a fresh commission for a deeper study of the problems of Muslims. He directed the Minister to look into the representation seeking rebuilding of the Hashmi mosque dismantled at the Secretariat.

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