Press Statements

AIMMM welcomes 4.5% reservation for Indian Muslims, but regrets it

AIMMM welcomes 4.5% Reservation for Muslim but regrets it on First Step on a long journey. AIMMM calls upon Muslims to carry on their struggle for Reservation in respects. Including Legislatures and Immediate implementation of the Misra Report

New Delhi (23 December 2011): Mr. Syed Shahabuddin, President of All India Muslim Majlis-e- Musahawarat, has issued the following statement:

The AIMMM welcomes the Central Government's decision to concede 4.5% reservation in government recruitment and admissions to central educational institutions within the OBC quota of 27% but considers this as no more than the first step towards fulfilling the long-standing demand of Muslims for reservation in government jobs, higher education, bank credit flow and distribution of benefits of economic development.

The AIMMM appreciates that this initiative may be divisive and may lead to bad blood between Muslim and Non-Muslim OBCs. The government should have followed the Karnataka Model by giving a separate quota exclusively for all Muslims apart from equal access of the Muslim OBCs to the OBC quotas.  

The AIMMM notes that the government does not propose to step beyond the 50% ceiling on reservation imposed by the Supreme Court though the Supreme Court had itself described it as flexible, and has chosen to ignore the examples set by some states in this regard.

The Muslims demand that their quota should be proportional to their population and at least in accord with the recommendations of the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission of 15% for the minorities as a whole, with 10% exclusively for Muslims. But so far the Central government has not given due consideration to the Mishra Report though three years have elapsed since it was submitted.

Furthermore, the AIMMM, which had pioneered the concept of Reservation for Muslims through National Conferences held in 1991, 1994, 2008, and 2009, has noted that with the exception of the BJP, all other major parties generally support Muslim reservation.

The AIMMM feels that there is no case for the Muslims to feel satisfied and that they should continue their struggle for the implementation of the Mishra Report and going beyond that for the restoration of reservation for Muslims in legislatures which was incorporated in the first draft of the Constitution but was latter withdrawn. The AIMMM feels that social and economic uplift of the Muslim minority cannot be achieved without this reservation.

Syed Shahabuddin
[Umbrella body of the Indian Muslim Organizations]
D-250, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025
Tel.: 011-26946780 Fax: 011-26947346 Email: mushawarat[@]

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