Minorities panel to visit State on November 21, 22

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, headed by the former Chief Justice of India, Ranganath Misra, will visit Tamil Nadu on November 21 and 22 to interact with governmental and non-governmental organisations, social scientists, intellectuals and academicians.

The Commission will elicit their views on the following issues: whether the existing criteria for identifying backward classes are adequate; is it desirable to have common criteria for all socially and economically backward; to what extent the welfare measures have helped to bring about education and economic development of the minorities ; will they suggest reservation for the backward sections of minorities in admission to education and in employment; what modalities will they suggest in the Constitution, legal enactments and administrative procedures for improving the conditions of minorities; and their views on granting the scheduled caste status to those who have embraced Christianity and Islam.

The commission will meet the representatives of various organisations at the conference hall of Namakkal Kavignar Maligai at the Secretariat, says an official release.