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12% Muslim quota: Congress condemns TRS Govt for delaying BC Commission

Hyderabad: The Congress party on Thursday accused the TRS Government of deliberately delaying the constitution of Backward Classes Commission to provide promised 12% reservation to Muslims in education and jobs.
Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee (GHCC) Minorities Department Chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, in a media statement, said that the State Government on Wednesday extended the term of Sudhir Commission by another three months only to delay the BC Commission. “The Sudhir Commission was constituted on March 3, 2015 to study the socio-economic conditions of Muslims in the State. The Commission was given multiple extensions in its term and finally on August 12 this year, it submitted its report. Although the Sudhir Commission had no legal sanctity, it had accomplished the assigned task. After the submission of report to the government, its “Terms of Reference” are no longer valid. Since it was just a Commission of Enquiry, it doesn’t really matter whether the government accepts or rejects its recommendations as they are purely of academic interest and advisory in nature. In these circumstances, by extending the Commission’s term for another three months, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is just trying to buy time to delay the 12% Muslim quota,” he said.
Abdullah Sohail said that the TRS Government had so far wasted 27 months by taking shield behind Sudhir Commission. Since the government lost immunity after Sudhir Commission submitted its report, it extended its term as it was not serious on constituting BC Commission. “The government cannot increase the Muslim quota in jobs and education from present 4% to 12% without constituting a BC Commission. The Chief Minister is openly cheating the Muslims by resorting to various gimmicks,” he alleged.
The Congress leader also demanded that the State Government make the Sudhir Commission report public. He questioned the intentions of TRS Government in treating the Sudhir Commission Report as a secret document. The reports of Sachar Committee and Jagannath Mishra Commission were placed in public domain by the then Congress-led UPA Government. He feared that the TRS Government might tamper with the Sudhir Commission Report as KCR might be upset with the statistics of growth of Muslim community during the 10-year regime of Congress party from 2004-2014. He said that the Sudhir Commission report be made public without further delay or changes.
Abdullah Sohail warned that the Congress party would launch a mass agitation if the TRS Government delays the 12% Muslim reservation further.(NSS)