"Delhi Chalo - Huq maango" Join us on in our march to
Join us in the march to
the Parliament on March 7, 2007
Statement / TMMK
A good number of parties which now constitute the United Progressive Alliance have promised during the Parliament elections during 2004 that exclusive Reservation in Government jobs and educational opportunities would be provided for Muslims. The Congress party which leads the UPA coalition specifically mentioned in its election manifesto that the exclusive reservation for Muslims which is in force in states of Karnataka and Kerala would be extended to the whole country.
The common minimum programme of the UPA Government also states the following:
'The UPA will establish a National Commission to see how best the welfare of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities, including reservations in education and employment, is enhanced. The Commission will be given six months to submit its report.'
The National Commission of Religious and Linguistic Minorities headed by Justice Ranganathan Mishra Commission has been in existence for more than a year. However it has not submitted its report yet.
The UPA Government has passed the halfway mark of its rule. Yet the promises made by its constituents during the elections and in CMP programme has not become a reality. It is true that for the first time in the Independent India history, the UPA Government appointed a Committee to report on the socio economic and educational status of the Muslim community in India. The Justice Rajendar Sachar Committee has no doubt done a remarkable job in preparing an excellent report on the status of the largest minority of India. The remarks of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh while addressing a conference organised by the Human Resources Development Ministry on July 2004, 'I am distressed by the low representation of minorities, particularly Muslims...in the public and private sector' as well as his remarks while addressing the National Development Council on December 9 during which he said, 'We will have to devise innovative plans to ensure that minorities, particularly the Muslim minority, are empowered to share equitably, the fruits of development. They must have the first claim on resources,' are no doubt soothing words. However Muslim community in this juncture requires benevolent and bold deeds that would match these nice words.
The Sachar Committee findings have brought out the facts about the poor educational, social, economic conditions of Muslims in the country. The report clearly establishes the need for proactive steps including extending the reservation in education, resources and in jobs too for this extremely backward section of the society. Muslims constitute a large segment of those Indians who continue to suffer in all spheres of social, economic and pubic life due to lack of proper education, discriminatory policies and deep rooted bias against them.
In this background it is the duty of the Muslims to come to the streets to demand our share in the governance as well as in the resources of the country. While addressing a conference organised by National Economic Forum for Muslims at New Delhi in Dec.' 2006 Dr. Udit Raj National President of Indian Justice Party said that unfortunately Muslims have never really seriously demanded anything from the Government, otherwise who could stop them from their genuine rights. In the past the Muslim community has voted en masse for a particular political formulation and helped them to come to power. However the Muslim community continue to live in a state of deprivation. It is the responsibility of the Muslim community to change the course of the tide.
TamilNadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, which is the largest socio political advocacy organisation of the Muslims of TamilNadu has decided to organise a rally and demonstration in front of Parliament on March 7, 2007. Thousands of volunteers from deep south will assemble in the Capital and demand the UPA Government to keep up its promise and match its words by deeds. This rally is to demand the following:
1. The extension of the Reservation Policy now in vogue in Kerala to the entire country whereby the Muslim community will enjoys separate reservation in Government Jobs and educational opportunities.
2. The bifurcation of the 27% OBC quota among advanced OBCs, Hindu MBCs and Muslims in the proportion of their population
3. Constitutional amendment to permit the states of India to fix the ceiling of reservation according to their need and thereby remove the 50% cap.
4. An one time allocation of Rs. 1 Lakh Crore in the XI Plan for building 1000 Muslim educational Institutions of 1,000 intake capacity each to make up the gap of 31 million Muslims trailing in higher education in next 31 years time
5. An annual allocation of Rs. 35 crores for Muslims entrepreneurship in training, skills up gradation and certification by launching upto tehsil level programme
6. The setting up of the Equal Opportunity Commission as suggested by the Sachar Committee
7. To implement the Sachar Committee recommendation on political representation of Muslims from the Panchayat to Parliament level by instituting suitable mechanism whereby the Muslim representation in these bodies will match their population
We invite our Muslim brethren and all justice loving fellow citizen to join this rally cum demonstration. This rally will be a warning to political parties and reminding them that they cannot get away with mere lip service but have to deliver the goods to remain and retain power. TMMK has won many a battle in TamilNadu through its mass mobilising programmes. We want the experiment to spread throughout the country. Come join us and together Insha Allah we will empower our community and country.
Remember MARCH 7, 2007 9 A.M., DELHI
TAMILNADU MUSLIM MUNNETRA KAZHAGAM
No.7, Vada Maraicoir Street
Chennai - 600 001
Ph: (044) 25247824, 25233884, 94433 32914
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