New Delhi: Several Muslim organizations on Sunday said the UPA government's decision to provide 4.5 percent reservation for minorities within the existing 27 percent OBC quota was "a good but insufficient move".

"It is a good beginning but 4.5 percent reservation is too less. We hope the government will provide 10 percent quota for Muslims as recommended by the Ranganath Commission," Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind Chief Maulana Arshad Madani said.


Jalaluddin Umri, a Jamaat-e-Islami Hind leader, said "the 4.5 percent quota is not sufficient.

The Ranganath Commission had recommended 10 percent reservation for
 Muslims. We do not want less than that."

He said the government should declare all Muslims as backward.

The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) also demanded 10 percent reservation for Muslims.

"We hope the government will implement recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission and the Sachar Committee," AIMMM leader Illiyas Malik said.

On Wednesday, the Union government cleared a proposal to allow 4.5 percent quota for minorities within the 27 percent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

(Agencies)