TAMIL NADU

Ordinance on quota promulgated

Special Correspondent



25.6 lakh Muslims out of 27.05 lakhs included in BC list

Around 24.7 lakh Christians included in the list



CHENNAI: The State Government on Saturday promulgated an ordinance, providing for seven per cent reservation for those Muslims and Christians who already figure in the list of Backward Classes and the Most Backward Classes.

In the existing level of 30 per cent to the Backward Classes, the two communities will enjoy a quota of 3.5 per cent each in admission to educational institutions, including private institutions, and in employment.

Commission report

Quoting the report of the Second Backward Classes Commission headed by J.A. Ambasankar in 1985, the law stated that about 25.6 lakh Muslims out of the State’s total Muslim population of 27.05 lakhs were included in the BC list, accounting for nearly 95 per cent.

In respect of Christians, against the total population of about 32 lakhs, around 24.7 lakhs were included in the BC list and 78,675 in the list of MBCs, representing around 77 per cent and 2.5 per cent respectively.

At present, members of the two communities included in the list of BCs and MBCs were availing themselves of the benefit of 30 per cent and 20 per cent reservation provided for BCs and MBC/Denotified Communities respectively in admission to educational institutions, including private educational institutions, and in employment given by the Government.

Consistent representations

The ordinance also said there had been consistent representations from the two communities for exclusive reservation for them as they could not compete with other reserved communities to get their rightful share.

On the basis of the recommendations of the Tamil Nadu Backward Classes Commission, the Government decided to provide a reservation for the Backward Class Muslims and Backward Class Christians within the reservation provided for the BCs.

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