Rangnath Commission report to be studied sincerely: Govt

Last Updated: Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 17:51

New Delhi: Government on Sunday said it will
examine the report of Rangnath Mishra Commission that
recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims and five per
cent for other minorities "with all sincerity" but refused to
commit whether or when the recommendations will be accepted.

"We will examine it (Mishra Commission report) with
all sincerity. For us, it is an issue of importance," Minority
Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said when asked if the
government will implement the recommendations and if yes,
when.

Khurshid said the Centre will study the recommendations
and then decide which of them should be implemented.

He also justified non-tabling of the Action Taken Report
along with the Commission`s report in Parliament, saying it
was not mandatory as the National Commission for Religious and
Linguistic Minorities, headed by former Chief Justice of India
Rangnath Mishra was not constituted under the Commission of
Enquiry Act.

Among a host of recommendations, the Commission suggests
delinking of Scheduled Caste status from religion
and abrogation of the 1950 Scheduled Caste Order which "still
excludes Muslims, Christians, Jains and Parsis from the SC
net."

The Order originally restricted the SC status to Hindus
only but was later opened it to Buddhists and Sikhs. If the
Commission`s recommendation is accepted, Dalits converted from
Hinduism to Islam and Christianity will also come under SC
category and can claim benefits being given as per the
Constitution.

Khurshid said the government`s first priority was to
ensure cent per cent implementation of the recommendations of
the Sachchar Commission, on the welfare of Muslims.

Rangnath Commission, constituted after the findings of
the Sachchar Commission, had pointed out acute backwardness
among Muslims and other minorities.

While Congress appears to be adopting a cautious
approach towards Rangnath Mishra Commission report, a senior
leader of its its ally NCP Tariq Anwar today said his party
should build pressure on the Centre to ensure the
implementation of Rangnath Commission report.

RJD and LJP have demanded implementation of the
recommendations of the report.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 17:51

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