New Delhi: Congress member K Rahman Khan, who
is also Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, on Tuesday came down
heavily on the government stating its minority welfare schemes
are suffering from "tardy" progress.
He also said the reservation for minorities as suggested
by Rangnath Misra Commission was Constitutionally valid.
Participating in a discussion on the working of Minority
Affairs Ministry, Khan said government`s plan to launch
special schemes in 90 minority concentrated districts "has not
taken off. It has not got any impact on minorities."
He suggested block-wise identification of minority
population as a district is too large a unit for implementing
Khan said though the government has taken measures to
implement recommendations of the Sachar Committee that went
into the socio and economic backwardness of minorities, a
general impression is that the implementation is "slow and
He said Rangnath Misra Commission`s recommendation for
reservation for Muslims in jobs and educational institutions
is Constitutionally valid.
"It is Constitutionally valid to have reservation...to
remove the discrimination," he said adding the government will
have to decide whether to accept these recommendations.
Noting that Muslim minorities will not have to look up for
government support if the Wakf properties are developed
properly, Khan said, "There is no vision. I would like to
appeal to the Minister of Minority Affairs to have a vision on
Suggesting the need for a Vision Document on Wakf
properties, he said there should be an an institutional
mechanism in this regard.
He said around two lakh acres of this property is under
encroachment and no development is taking place on another two
lakh acres of such land.
He said many important buildings including the house of
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai and
Windsor Palace in Bangalore were built on the Wakf land "sold
at paltry sum".
Khan said the government is yet to furnish Action Taken
Report (ATR) on the recommendations of a Parliamentary panel
for better management of these properties.
On the contentious issue of Haj subsidy, Khan said, "there
is a need for reform. There is no need for subsidy" and
demanded that the government should create a logistic
Pointing out the gap between the airfare for Haj pilgrims
and that for normal passengers, he said there was a need to
create an institutional mechanism to address the issue.