Govt to fix quota for backward Muslims within OBC

The government will soon take a decision on fixing a quota for Muslims within the 27 per cent quota fixed for Other Backward Classes.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 13:06 PM IST

New Delhi: The government will soon take a
decision on fixing a quota for Muslims within the 27 per cent
quota fixed for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Law Minister
Salman Khurshid said.

"Of the 27 per cent OBC quota in educational jobs, the
government is examining to fix a quota for backward Muslims,"
he told reporters outside Parliament.

Khurshid said the decision on fixing a quota for backward
Muslims within the OBC quota would be taken "soonest", but
refused to give a timeline.

The decision is likely to be taken by the government in
view of the Assembly polls in UP which has a sizeable
population of Muslims.

The Law Minister said, "We have now reached two-and-a-half
years of our term in Parliament. Therefore, whatever we have
promised, now we have to start ticking that we have now
fulfilled our promises. The decision will now come up before
the Cabinet soonest."

He said the issue has been on the government`s agenda for
the last two years and a decision on it is pending and has to
be decided soon.

PTI