(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 21, 2010
THE Bengal Left Front government has decided that there should be as per the principal recommendations of the Mishra Commission, a ten per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections of the Muslims. The reservation excludes the �creamy layer.�
The main aspects of the recommendations being initiated are:
� For eligibility, annual income of the concerned person must be below Rs four lakh fifty thousand
� This is the first instance of reservation for Muslims in the country
� A decision has been kept in consideration for similar reservation for Sikhs and Christians
� Of the 66 communities marked up as OBC�s, 12 are Muslims.
OBC Muslims comprise 16,38,000 or 8.3 per cent of the total OBC
The more populous of the Muslim
OBC�s include Jola,
Fakir/Sain, Hawari, Dhunia,
The cases of four other backward Muslim communities, i.e., Mahaldar, Abdaal, Baasni, and Kaankhalifa are under active consideration, the chief minister said at the Writers�� Buildings whilst announcing the new category of reservation.