Reservation sought for Dalit Muslims

By K A Gupta, Times of India

GUMLA: The Jharkhand State Ansari Mahapanchayat (JSAM) has demanded reservation for Dalit-Muslims for their socio-economic uplift.

JSAM president Shahab Naiyer Ansari said here on Saturday that it's high time the Dalit Muslims got their dues. He also sought SC status for Dalit Muslims. In this context, he laid emphasis on amending Articles 340, 341 and 342 of the Constitution.

At a meeting held here recently, the JSAM had constituted a core committee to create an awareness on the issue. The meet was attended by all the office-bearers of the JSAM. The members of the core committee will tour villages inhabited by Muslims from November 3-15 and try to seek consensus over the issue.

The JSAM president said that leaders of all parties frequently refer to the Sachar Committee and the Ranganathan Committee during polls but conveniently forget the implementation of their reports once the elections conclude.

The percentage of Muslims in central and state government undertakings is less than 2 percent. Though political parties make tall claims to ensure political, economic and educational uplift of Muslims, especially Dalit Muslims, no sincere efforts are made in this regard once the elections are over, he said.

The state executive committee of the JSAM had also raised issues pertaining to the Dalit Muslims at a meeting held in the state capital on November 4, Naiyer said.



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