The Centre on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's interim order upholding validity of four per cent reservation to backward members of Muslim community in Andhra Pradesh and hoped it will end the "unrest" among students concerned in the state.
"I am happy that the Supreme Court has stayed it," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told reporters in New Delhi while commenting on the apex court's stay on Andhra Pradesh High Court judgement, which had struck down the state government's decision on four per cent reservation.
"Many of the students were in problem. Many of the appointments made by the Andhra government were in big problem. Now, I think that kind of unrest will be over," he said.
Contending that it was a "conscious" decision of Andhra government based on "scientific survey," he claimed that the state government had provided reservation to the Muslims not on the basis of religion, but on the basis of backwardness divided in 14 categories.
Moily said the SC interim order has vindicated the stand of the Andra government.
"(Late AP Chief Minister) Mr Rajashekar Reddy had discussed with me. We had considered all aspects. They had also followed our order on Karnataka. This was the basis of this experiment and also with the survey they had conducted... It is not an ad hoc decision," the Law Minister said.
Moily said when he was the Chief Minister of Karnataka, the state Government had conducted a survey and basis of that four per cent reservation was provided to Muslims "within the umbrella of the backward classes".
He said the system of reservation for Muslims based on backwardness is in force in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.