Starting today TwoCircles.net is publishing Misra Commission report.
The National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities (NCRLM) also known as Ranganath Misra Commission after its chairman Justice Ranganath Misra was constituted in October 2004 but the Commission could not begin until March 2005.
It was to submit its report within six months but its terms was periodically extended until May 15th, 2007. Initially it was given three terms of references, a fourth one was added later.
Terms of References:
To suggest criteria for identification of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities.
To recommend measures for welfare of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities, including reservation in education and government employment.
To suggest the necessary constitutional, legal and administrative modalities required for the implementation of its recommendations.
To give its recommendations on the issues raised in WPs 180/04 and 94/05 filed in the Supreme Court and in certain High Courts relating to para 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order 1950 in the context of ceiling of 50 percent on reservations as also the modalities of inclusion in the list of Scheduled Castes.
Justice Ranganath Misra: Former Chief Justice of India & Ex-Chairman, National Human Rights Commission. (Chairman)
Professor Dr. Tahir Mahmood: Former Chairman, National Commission for Minorities & Ex-Dean, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
Dr. Anil Wilson: Principal, St. Stephan’s College, Delhi.
Dr. Mohinder Singh: Director, National Institute of Punjab Studies, Delhi.
Mrs. Asha Das: Member-Secretary.
Final report was submitted to the government in May 2007. TwoCircles.net releases excerpts from this report which has recommended specific steps for the benefits of the Muslims who are lagging behind in socio-economic front. Since UPA has failed to make public this important report and Congress in its manifesto pushed the question of reservation to Muslims to building consensus, we are publishing important points of the report so that a debate can start towards a consensus.
Chapter 1 of the report is the introduction of the Commission, its formation, terms of references and the procedure adopted by the Commission. Text reproduced below and in future postings are exactly as they appear in the report unless specifically mentioned. We are publishing the excerpts and not the full report.
Who are the Minorities?
Rights of Minorities
Religious Minorities and their status
Status of Linguistic Minorities
Status of Women among Minorities
Criteria for Identifying Backward Sections among Religious Minorities
Procedure for Inclusion/Exclusion
Measures for Welfare and Development of Minorities
Initiatives taken for Development of Minorities
Institutional Structures for the Development of Minorities
Achievements & Impact of Planned Strategies for Weaker Sections/ Minorities
Specialised Financial Institutions
Bank Credit to Minorities
Gaps and Challenges
Chapter 8: Reservation as a Welfare Measure
Chapter 9: Demands for amending Constitution (SC) Order, 1950
Chapter 10: Recommendations and Modalities for their implementation
Recommendations- part II