SDPI demands quick implementation of Misra recommendations

By TCN News,

New Delhi: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) hailed the decision by the Indian Government for tabling the Justice Rangnath Misra Commission report in Parliament on December 18. 2009 but urged implementation of its recommendations.

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In a press release issued today SDPI said that there was a delay of two years in releasing the report but there should not be any delay in implementation.

Misra Report recommended that Muslims and Christians of Dalit origin be given the same benefits as given to Scheduled Castes professing Hinduism, Buddhism or Sikhism as their religion. There should be no dithering on the part of the government in implementing as it is; otherwise it would defeat the very purpose of appointing the said Commission.

The SDPI also demands the revocation of the Presidential Order of 1950-1951 which discriminates the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes on the basis of religion by denying the benefit to the Christians and Muslims as many castes like “gadaas”, “qabar-khodu”, “saify”, “teliya” etc. belonging to the Muslim community should also be entitled to avail the benefits of the reservation under SC/ST category.

“If Ranganath Mishra Commission Report would be implemented then it will open the door of development for Muslims as well as other minorities.” The statement further said that the “progress of Muslims community is impossible without giving them reservation in education and jobs.”

The National Commission for Religious Linguistic Minorities, the official name for the Commission headed by Justice Ranganath Misra has also strongly recommended that there should be a law earmarking 15 percent seats for the minorities, including 10 percent for Muslims, in all general educational institutions.

“As by the force of judicial decisions the minority intake in minority educational institutions has, in the interest of national integration, been restricted to about 50 percent, thus virtually earmarking 50 percent or so for the majority community, we strongly recommend that, by the same analogy and for the same purpose, at least 15 percent seats in all non-minority educational institutions should be earmarked by law for the minorities,” the report of the commission tabled in the Lok Sabha on Friday said. To ameliorate their economic condition, the Commission has suggested earmarking of 15 percent of the total share for minorities in all government schemes.