Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: Representatives of minority communities and institutions have appealed to the State government to increase quota from 3.5 per cent to 7 per cent, and, form district-wise minority welfare committees to foster harmony.

They made a representation to the State Minorities Commission that visited Villupuram on Wednesday.

The Commission chairman, Vincent Chinnadurai, was accompanied by Member-Secretary Kumar Jayanth and Member Maurya Mehta Pal.

Addressing a press conference here, Fr. Chinnadurai said that the representatives thanked Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin for having provided for 3.5 per cent reservation.

However, they opined that raising the quota to 7 per cent would serve the minorities better.

They called upon the government to enact laws to prevent atrocities against the minorities and relax rules for setting up of minority institutions.

They sought voting rights for members of minority communities who had migrated from Tamil Nadu to other countries. They called upon the Commission to retrieve wakf property worth Rs. 250 crore that remained illegally occupied in Villupuram district.

They sought pension for those serving in places of worship for over 10 years, and financial assistance and cluster houses for families living below the poverty line.

They alleged that cooperative banks were not giving loans to the minorities. They requested the government to also extend the Education of All scheme to minority institutions.

Vanniyar Christians wanted to be included in MBC list.