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U.P. Minority commission faces flak
By Masood Hasan, Lucknow
|The U.P. State Commission for
Minorities which was reconstituted on 10 July 2000 with the sole intention
of providing speedy justice to the members of the minority community, has
come in for sharp criticism by none other than Muslims themselves. The
reason for criticism was attributed to the absence of chairman in the
office of the commission.
The state commission for minorities was reconstituted with the appointment
of Mr Irshad Mirza as its chairman. But it has failed to deliver the
desired results to the members as the new chairman seldom comes to office.
He has no time to listen to the grievances of the people.
It may be recalled here that the Minority Commission was reconstituted
after the General Secretary of the Loktantrik Congress Party (LCP), a
major ally of the ruling BJP in the state, Mr Siraj Mehdi, MLC, had
mounted a pressure on the then chief Minister, Mr Ram Prakash Gupta and
threatened to snap ties if the commission was not reconstituted. It was
restructured with the appointment of Mr. Mirza. The Minorities Commission
was disbanded during the tenure of Mr. Kalyan Sing and his government had
reduced its term from three years to one year. Pulls and pressures were
built up on the BJP – led Government in Uttar Pradesh for its
reconstitution. But the State Commission for Minorities has failed to
deliver the desired results because its chairman Mr. Mirza, a capitalist
– turned politician, has no time to come to office to solve the problems
of the people. Mr. Irshad Mirza held first meeting on February 5,2001
after a gap of seven months. Now the Commission has completed its one year
but about 12 or 13 meetings were held in the office.
The employees of the Commission told this correspondent that members of
the minority community are knocking the doors of commission regularly who
come from far flung areas of the state. But they return with
disappointment by the absence of its chairman. The employees alleged that
the Commission has drifted away from its point and the objective of the
commission had petered out. The chairman should come to office and listen
to the problems of the people, they alleged.
Three members had also been nominated on the panel of the Commission. They
are Ms Renuka Dean, Sardar SP Singh and Muhammad Iftikhar Azam. But except
Renuka Dean, other two members did not properly attend the office on the
ground that if the chairman remains absent from the office what was need
for us to come to office, an employee told this scribe.
Only five summons were issued to the authorities concerned in a span of
one year. They had been directed to appear before the commission. Members
of the Minority Community are dispatching their applications to the office
and its office had confirmed that they get a bunch of applications. But
efforts remain unfruitful in the absence of the chairman. q