New Delhi: The Union Government has decided to include Muslims hailing from economically and socially weaker section of the society in the 27 percent quota reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the Central Government jobs.

To chalk out a proper plan in this regard, the Centre has already taken into account the recommendations of Ranganath Mishra Commission. In addition, the Centre has also reviewed the model adopted by Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal to provide reservation to Muslims in state government jobs.

After a meeting of Central Wakf  Council on Thursday, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid told reporters that the framework of giving reservation to Muslims belonging to educationally and socially weaker sections has already been prepared.

The issue would be discussed at an important meeting between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and the Ministers of concerned Ministries. A final decision on reservation to Muslims in government jobs would be taken up in the meeting.

Khurshid said the Centre is committed to provide equal opportunity to all minorities including Muslims in Central Government jobs.

On a question regarding his recent controversial statement, Khurshid said, “I have high regards for Justice Sachar and his recommendations, but before implementing any proposal we have to look into various aspects.”

(JPN/Bureau)