Backward Muslims in Bengal to get OBC certificates
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 21:32
Kolkata: With an apparent eye on elections, the West Bengal government today said about 1.60 crore backward Muslims in the state will get OBC certificates under a reservation policy for poor people of the community.

"Final decision in this regard will be taken in the state cabinet meeting on September 22. After that the economically backward Muslims will start getting certificates", Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here while inaugurating the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Bhavan here.

This will be in keeping with his promise in February that the step will be taken before year-end, he said. The state government had announced 10 per cent quota in employment for the community under the OBC category.

He also announced that the state government would take up development programmes in 12 districts in the state which have a large Muslim population.

"In 12 districts, including Murshidabad and Malda, which have large number of Muslim population, the state government will take up multi-sectoral development programme which include development of insfrastructure, schools, colleges etc," he said.

He said that efforts were being made to bring the Muslims who constituted over 27 per cent of the state's population on a level-playing field.


First Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 21:32

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