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Is J&K a Muslim majority or minority state, questions BJP

chandigarh Updated: Mar 02, 2012 16:18 IST
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The BJP on Friday questioned the state government over the status of Jammu and Kashmir and inquired whether it was a Muslim majority or minority state.

"What is the status of J&K? I want to ask the state government whether J&K is a Muslim minority or majority state " BJP Legislator Ashok Khajuria asked Social Welfare Minister Sakina Itoo during the question hour in Legislative Assembly today.

He alleged discrimination against Hindu students under national minorities schemes in the state and said the community was not being considered as a minority instead Muslims who are a majority in the state were benefiting from the post-matric scholarship schemes.

"In Punjab Hindus are considered minority and Sikhs a majority. What about the status of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir? Are they in majority?" Khajuria asked.

The minister said the schemes were open to all national minorities including Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhist and Parsis adding that the students having secured 50 per cent marks and above with an income slab of Rs 2 lakh were eligible for post-matric scholarship.

Itoo said the students belonging to physically challenged category were also entitled to apply for the post-matric scholarship schemes.

The schemes are being implemented according to the norms fixed by the Centre and SC/ST students, Pahari speaking children are also eligible for such scholarships she added.