State committed to implementing it, he says
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Thursday said that the Congress government was committed to implementing the four per cent quota for Muslims in education and employment.
Speaking at a programme organised by the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee Minority Cell to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad here, Mr. Rosaiah said it was the Congress government that had championed the cause of minorities. “We are all for continuation of the quota,” he said.
The Chief Minister also reiterated the government's firm commitment to promote Urdu language.
“The government will put in all efforts to promote Urdu language, which has been accorded second language status in 12 districts,” he pointed out.
Mr. Rosaiah recalled that he had the privilege of meeting stalwarts like late Jawaharlal Nehru, Abul Kalam Azad and Mahatma Gandhi.
Sangh Parivar criticised
Minister for Secondary Education D. Manikya Varaprasada Rao said minorities were safe under the Congress governments at Centre and State. He launched a tirade against the Sangh Parivar accusing it of conspiring to destabilise the country.
Former Minister Md. Ali Shabbir urged the Chief Minister to expedite the welfare programme aimed at the minorities.
The Chief Minister later gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions organised for the students. APCC Minority Cell chairman Mohammed Sirajuddin was also present.