Indian MPs Urge Job Reservation for MuslimsA continuation of this case:
Indian MPs Urge Job Reservation for Muslims
Indian lawmakers called on the government of the western state of Maharashtra to reserve jobs for the Muslim minority, a leading Indian newspaper reported Tuesday, June 21. "If the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government can legally provide for reservations for Muslims, I see no reason why a similar facility cannot be given to the community in Maharashtra," Akhtar Rizvi, the secretary general of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), was quoted as saying by The Times of India. The government in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh decided on Friday, June 17, to reserve 5% of jobs in education and government for Muslims. Rizvi said job reservation for Muslims in Maharashtra will help, to a certain extent, lower the towering rates of poverty and unemployment among the minority. The MP stressed that he will raise the issue with the NCP leader and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar before tabling it at a meeting of the party office-bearers, due in Delhi soon. There are nearly 10 million Muslims in Maharashtra out of a total population of 95 million.