Babukhan meets AP chief minister on minority issues
Milli Gazette Online
Mr. Bashiruddin Babukhan met the Chief Minister, Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and represented to him that, in all Selection Committees/Boards for recruitment of employees, whether in Government, Public Sector or the Universities, there should be one representative of the Minorities on the Panel. This would ensure that, at least that the Minority candidates appearing before such Boards, the selection would be fair and done in an objective manner. Mr. Babukhan showed to the Chief Minister the existing staff pattern in the Andhra University, where, out of 401 Assistant Professors, there was not even one Muslim. Similarly out of 151 Associate Professors, where Muslims are only 2 (1.3%).
Mr. Babukhan told the Chief Minister that, right now the Universities are going through the selection of lecturers at various levels, for which Notification has been issued. Chief Minister was reminded that, in the absence of reservations for Muslims, for which he has sincerely tried so far, this was the next best alternative, in ensuring that the Minorities have at least a fair chance of being selected, if the recruitment procedure is transparent and done in an objective manner.
Chief Minister assured that the matter would be examined.
It was further pointed out to the Chief Minister, with statistics published by School Department, that the percentage of Urdu Schools, Urdu Teachers and Students in the State was a mere 1 ½ to 2 per cent only. This being a glaring gap in providing education to Muslims in the State since a long time, it was suggested to him that the Government of A. P. constitute a Monitoring Committee for Minority Education, as it has been done at the Centre, to ensure that Minorities, particularly the Muslims have enough educational opportunities provided by the State Government.
Chief Minister said that he was aware of this situation, and that, he would examine this suggestion.
[August 23, 2006]