New Delhi: Minister of State for Minority Affairs Vincent H Pala on Monday said that it would be premature for the Centre to provide 10 per cent reservations for Backward Muslims based on the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission report.
In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Mr Pala said that since recommendations contained in the report of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities are under consideration of the Central Government, the question of states providing reservation of 10 per cent for Backward Muslims based on the recommendations of the NCRLM Report is premature at this stage.
The Report (NCRLM), commonly known as Ranganath Misra Commission, was laid in both the Houses of Parliament on December 18, 2009.
Mr Pala also informed the House that Action Taken Report (ATR) on NCRLM has not been laid in the Parliament.
“Placing of ATRs in the Parliament is mandatory in the case where the Commissions are set up under Commissions of Enquiry Act 1952. However, the NCRLM was set up under Government Resolution No1-11/2004-MC (D), dated October 29, 2004,” the MoS in his written reply.
He added that the recommendations or findings of the Commission have been circulated to concerned Ministries or Departments for their comments.
Mr Pala further informed the House that under the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities, priority sector lending is provided for various activities to the Minorities including Muslims. He added that in 2010-11, Rs 1,43,396.70 crore have been provided under this programme.(INN)