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KOLKATA: Constituents of the ruling Left Front in West Bengal unanimously welcomed the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission here on Monday, but they were critical of the Centre for keeping the public in the dark about its contents till it was placed before Parliament long after it was submitted .

“It remained unexposed and was put on the shelf. We had no idea of its contents till it was placed in Parliament just before the end of the [winter] session, even though it was submitted to the government much earlier,” Biman Bose, Chairman of the Left Front Committee said.

The “mechanism” leading to the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations “has been delayed,” he said. The Centre now has “to move forward” to implement the recommendations and not waste further time in formulating a policy for execution, after holding discussions with national political parties, Mr. Bose, who is also the Secretary of the West Bengal State Committee of the CPI(M), added.

Among other matters, the Centre-appointed Ranganath Mishra Commission has recommended job reservation for minorities.

“The government should seek the opinion of national political parties on how it [the Commission’s recommendations] can benefit the economically and socially backward people as a whole… The creamy layer of society should be excluded in line with the Mandal Commission recommendations,” Mr. Bose said.

“The Ranganath Mishra Commission had been appointed by the Centre not for purposes of conducting an academic study but for the benefit the people,” he added.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has reportedly sought the opinion of the various constituents of the Left Front on the Commission’s recommendations .