‘4.5% sub-quota for backwards among minorities’

Only backward sections of the minorities will be entitled to 4.5 per cent reservation within 27 per cent quota for OBCs.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 23:37 PM IST

New Delhi: Only backward sections of the
minorities will be entitled to 4.5 per cent reservation within
27 per cent quota for OBCs, the government clarified today in
the backdrop of protests by some parties.

Giving a clarification in this regard in the Lok Sabha,
Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said inclusion or
exclusion in the Central OBC list would be strictly on the
basis of backwardness of minorities which include Muslims,
Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Parsis.
He made the statement amid din and slogan-shouting in the
House. While BJP members protested against reducing the
reservation quota meant for OBC, Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) too
tried to make his point but remained mostly inaudible.

"It may be clarified here that only backward sections of
the Minority Communities can avail of 4.5 per cent sub-quota,"
Khurshid said, adding the reservation will be available in
government jobs and educational institutions run by the
central government.
His statement assumes significance as some parties,
particularly BJP, have been vociferously opposing any quota
for Muslims.

There will be no constitutional hurdle in implementing the
sub-quota for minorities, the Minister said, adding, "It is
apparent from the judgement of the Supreme Court in Indira
Swahney case that the government is within its legitimate
rights to make sub-categorisation amongst castes/communities
included in the broad category of OBC."

PTI