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JIH demands release of Caste & Religion-Based Data

New Delhi: Jamaat-e Islami Hind on 1 August demanded the release of the caste-based data through the recently released Socio Economic and Caste (SECC) Census. Addressing JIH's monthly press conference at its headquarters here, Secretary General of Jamaat e Islami Hind Muhammad Salim Engineer said: "Jamaat feels that the non-disclosure of the caste-based census details is a grave injustice to the deprived sections of India. The publication of caste-based census will give a clear picture about the number of SC/ST and other weaker sections and also highlight their socio-economic conditions. This would help in realistic planning for their uplift". He further added that: "Jamaat wants figures of the religion census of 2011 to be officially released and the government should establish the "Equal Opportunities Commission", as recommended by the Sachar Committee report.

Referring to the recent incidents of communal violence in Harsul (Nasik), Washim and Jamshedpur and decrying the Central government's inaction and silence on hate statements, the Jamaat Secretary General urged the government to take stock of the deteriorating communal climate and implement concrete steps to remedy the situation.  In this connection, he said, "the government must table the Communal Violence Bill and get it passed in Parliament."

On the question of Yakub Memon's hanging, the Vice President of Jamaat e Islami Hind Nusrat Ali said: "Jamaat respects the judicial verdict. However, the hasty manner in which the execution was carried out is questionable". Terming both the 92 Mumbai riots and the 93 serial Mumbai blasts as "acts of crime," he said:"the people responsible for engineering and executing the riots are yet to be punished which amounts to double standards in dispensing justice".

Elaborating Jamaat's agenda for tackling communal violence,  Nusrat Ali said:"Jamaat has devised a three-pronged strategy to tackle communal strife. On the social level Jamaat will focus on building and reviving local level "Sadbhavna Manch". At the political level, Jamaat shall endeavor to unite the secular forces and on the legal front, Jamaat advocates the tabling of the Communal Violence Bill".   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2015 on page no. 13

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