Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: A joint meeting of Muslim organisations on Wednesday renewed their appeal for protection of reservation benefits enjoyed by the community and other backward communities and reiterated their view that the benefit was necessary not only for ending the long years of backwardness but also for the progress of the nation.

Legitimate right

Prominent Muslim leaders who spoke at the function pointed out that a number of reports prepared by government-appointed commissions after examining the “reservation issue” had found the benefit a legitimate right since these communities continued to be backward.

“Reservation should be seen as a means to ensure social justice,” the speakers said.

Seeks more benefits

The meeting demanded that the reservation benefits for admission to educational institutions be extended to aided schools and colleges. It also demanded population-based reservation for communities in recruitment to government jobs.

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) State president Syed Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal presided over the meeting. IUML leaders P.K. Kunhalikutty, E.T. Mohammed Basheer, M.K. Muneer, T.A. Ahammed Kabir, K. Kutty Ahamed Kutty and M.P. Abdusamad Samadani, MES leader Fazal Gafoor and INL leader Ahamed Devarkoil, K. Moidu, chairman, KMCTA group of institutions, were among those who spoke.