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Legislature Committee on Minorities skipped key issues: Congress

Hyderabad, July 21 (INN): The Congress party on Thursday alleged that the Telangana Legislature Committee on Minorities Welfare skipped key issues, including 12% Muslim reservation, while confining its meeting to eyewash.

Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee (GHCC) Minorities Department chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, in a media statement, said that Committee’s meeting, held on Wednesday, failed to discuss several important issues and its Chairman Aamir Shakil and other members tried to divert people’s attention while briefing the media attention. He said that the Sudhir Commission, which has been assigned the task of studying socio-economic conditions of Muslims in Telangana, has often complained of non-cooperation by various government departments. Instead of finding out the truth behind such reports, some members of the Legislature Committee tried to give an impression that everything was fine,” he said.

“They indirectly tried to defend the delay being caused by the State Government in providing promised 12% reservation for Muslims.”Without even consulting Sudhir Commission, the Committee’s chairman gave clean chit to all the departments. He even announced that the Sudhir Commission will submit its report by September this year. This statement is only aimed at buying more time. The Committee should take up a study on the loss caused to the Muslim community due to delay in the implementation of 12% Muslim quota in government jobs and education,” he said.

Futher, Abdullah Sohail said that the Legislature Committee should direct government to constitute a Backward Classes Commission to provide promised 12% Muslim reservation.

“The Committee has also failed to seek a report from the Advocate General on the status of 4% Muslim reservation case going on in the Supreme Court. No representative of Telangana Government was present in the court when the matter came up for hearing on February 29 this year. The Committee should issue necessary directions to the Law, BC Welfare and Minorities Departments to pursue the 4% Muslim reservation case seriously. Best advocates should be hired by the government to defend the ongoing 4% Muslim quota,” he demanded.

The Congress leader also slammed the Legislature Committee members for not questioning the State Government for delay in constitution of new Wakf Board, Urdu Academy and other institutions. “The TRS Government has promised to grant judicial powers to Wakf Board. But it took no steps during the last two years to empower the Wakf Board or restore encroached Wakf land. Instead of pulling up the government, one member advocated giving away a prime land at Begumpet on lease for Metro Rail Project. Such decisions can be taken only by the Wakf Board and not the Committee. But a few members are trying to use the Committee as a tool to pursue their commercial interest,” he said.

Abdullah Sohail said other concerning implementation of Urdu as second official language, utilisation of funds meant for Minorities Welfare, shortage of staff in Minorities Welfare Department, delays in release of scholarships and fee reimbursement, lack of response to residential schools scheme, decrease in Central funds for minorities’ welfare, Haj affairs, irregularities in Shaadi Mubarak scheme and other key issues were completely ignored by the Committee.

“The Legislature Committees are independent and highly empowered panels. Therefore, the members of Legislature Committee on Welfare of Minorities should perform their duties as per the ‘Terms of Reference’ instead of acting as a mouthpiece of State Government,” said Abdullah Sohail. (INN)

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