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Resolutions of the Muslim Reservation Movement

New Delhi: A meeting of the steering committee of the Muslim Reservation Movement was held on 6 March at Lucknow to assess the progress of the movement and chalk out future action plan. The meeting was chaired by Dr Shafiqurrehman Barq, MP. Following decisions were taken in this meeting:

(1) For the benefits of Dalit Muslims, section 341 of the Constitution should be amended and all facilities of reservations should be given to the people belonging to scheduled castes as well as Muslims. For this, Muslims should strive to get the Justice Mishra Commission report approved by Parliament as soon as possible. (

2) For Muslims belonging to categories which are considered eligible for reservation, a quota within 27% must be fixed for them in accordance with their population (which will be 9% in UP) so that backward classes of Muslims may fully benefit under 27% reservation. 

(3)    For the remaining Muslims, leaving aside those who are in the creamy layer, reservation should be fixed in accordance with Ranganath Mishra Commission recommendations in proportion to their population.

(4) Practical steps to remove the backwardness of Muslims should be taken at the earliest in the light of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Misra Commission reports and, like Scheduled Castes, arrangements for scholarships may be made for Muslims also.

The meeting also decided that during March and April 2011, public meetings and conferences in Bahraich, Sitapur, Sultanpur, Kanpur, Muradabad, Meerut, Faizabad, and Maharj ganj etc should be held and that in order to strengthen its demands a delegation of the movement should meet prime minister, Sonia Gandhi and leaders of other national and secular parties.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 21

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