The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the Central and State governments to implement 10 per cent quota in education and employment for Muslims. This demand and several other issues pertaining to improving the standard of living of Muslims would be discussed at the “minority Islamic conference” organised by the party on December 16 in Vellore district.
“Muslims in Tamil Nadu are facing problems in education, employment, health, in getting ration cards, pattas and educational loans. These issues will be discussed and we will adopt resolutions, which would later be taken to the public through campaigns,” N. Gunasekaran, State secretariat member of the party told reporters on Wednesday.
Several expert committees constituted by the government had recommended special reservation for Muslims in education and employment. The Ranganath Misra Commission had recommended 10 per cent reservation and the then CPI (M) government ruling West Bengal was first to enact a law to implement the reservation, he added.
Mr. Gunasekaran insisted that the government brought in sub-plans in every development plan such as laying of roads to improve the residential areas of Muslim community. G. Ramakrishnan, State secretary of the party, would participate in the conference.
The minority welfare committee of the party has undertaken a survey of Muslims in the nine taluks of Vellore district.
The party was circulating a questionnaire . Details such as income, marital status, number of children and educational qualification of children were being collected, Vellore district secretary of the party A. Narayanan said.
“We have also asked the respondents whether their children were allowed to study till their desired, if not, what were the reasons. The questionnaire also has questions on whether they were getting educational loans from banks, government welfare schemes, ration cards and house pattas and whether they have applied for solar-powered green houses of the State government,” he said. The findings would be consolidated and discussed during the conference, he added.