Government appoints TISS to study status of Muslims in Maharashtra

Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 23-09-2022 | 07:59 am

Government appoints TISS to study status of Muslims in Maharashtra

MUMBAI: In a move aimed at alleviating the socio-economic status of the minorities, the Eknath Shinde-led government has appointed the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to probe overall condition of Muslims in Maharashtra. The government has sanctioned Rs 33. 92 lakh for TISS to carry out a study and recommend measures to improve conditions in the community, who make up 11% of the total population. A GR from the minority development department on Wednesday made the announcement. The study will also see how much the community has benefited from schemes launched after submission of the Mahmoodur Rahman Committee report in 2013. In 2008, then CM Vilasrao Deshmukh had appointed retired IAS officer Mahmoodur Rahman to head a committee which looked into socio-economic and educational status of Muslims. Professor A Shaban who teaches at TISS was a member of this panel. "The move is welcome. The study will tell us how far the community has lagged or progressed since the Mahmoodur Rahman Committee submitted its report," said Shaban. Congress MLA Amin Patel, who was chairman of the Maulana Azad Minorities Development Corporation, said 8% reservation to Muslims was one of the Rahman Committee’s recommendations. "Congress-NCP government gave 5% reservation to the economically backward classes among Muslims. Bombay HC too allowed 5% quota in education when Muslim reservation was challenged in court. Now TISS too should recommend that Muslims be given 5% reservation at least in education," said Patel. One of the Rahman Committee’s key suggestions was greater emphasis on quality of education while noting widespread desire for formal education within the community. It recognized that a large number drop out at secondary and higher secondary level. It said the poor condition of state-run schools in Muslim concentrated areas and the biased content of school texts needed to be corrected. It recommended introducing Urdu as third language in non-Urdu medium schools in Muslim-populated areas. It also suggested Urdu pre-school classes in government-run schools to encourage education in the community from an early age. It also called for more reading rooms, libraries and computer facilities in Muslim areas along with information and career counselling centers. The committee observed that the lowest budget in India for the state-run Urdu Academy was in Maharashtra. The committee also observed that Muslims in Maharashtra have lower share in bank credit compared to other religious minorities.

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Rethink within government on direct polls to APMCs?