Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday strongly favoured Centre’s recent decision to introduce 4.5 percent reservation for minorities.

Addressing an open session on the concluding day of the nineth All India Muslim Educational Conference at B M Birla Auditorium on Sunday, Khurshid affirmed that the move would increase two-fold job opportunities for Muslims.

Echoing similar views, the Chief Minister said, a ministerial committee will be set up soon which will look at various prospects of the minority quota.

Referring to the Mandal Commission report, Gehlot said, “Around 50 percent of Muslims in the country are backward. But the government has given only 27 percent quota to them while 8.44 percent reservation is still required.”

Meanwhile, calling Congress as the real well-wisher of the Muslim Community, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, said, “The Sachar Committee recommendation says that the Muslims are still backward and underprivileged. They have not received what they actually deserved. But the Congress will ensure that they receive everything what they actually deserve.


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