Demanding that the recommendations of the Ranganath Misra Commission and the Sachar Committee be implemented at the earliest, the members of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) took out a march in the city on Tuesday.
They called for justice to innocent people languishing in the jails across the country for the last many years and a total ban on the sale of liquor in the country.
IUML district secretary N. Syed Mustafa told reporters here that the Union Government should provide 10 per cent reservation to Muslims in government jobs and in the education sector as recommended by the Ranganath Misra Commission.
“Similarly, the Sachar Committee report that suggests many welfare for minorities should be implemented in its full,” he said.
The party members wanted the quota of reservation given for Muslims by the Tamil Nadu Government be raised from the present 3.5 per cent to 5 per cent.
“Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Manipur are giving reservations to Muslims now. The other State Governments too should allocate quota for Muslims in government jobs and in higher education,” Mr. Mustafa said.
Mr. Mustafa said that almost 73 per cent of the people kept in jails across the country for many long years were Muslims. Many of them did not even have a valid case pending against them.
“Such innocent people should be released immediately,” he said.
Regarding the demand for liquor ban, the party was of the opinion that it could be imposed in a phased manner.
“Consumption of liquor is spoiling many a family relations,” they said.
Led by Abdul Rahman, MP, the IUML activists handed over a petition to the office of the District Collector requesting the administration to forward it to the Union and State Governments.