The CPI (M) on Thursday demanded a sub-plan for Muslims on the lines of the package the Centre has for the north-east.
Party politburo member, Sitaram Yechury, told reporters that if the government can have a planned, separate budget for the north-east, the Sachar Committee Report has shown that Muslims too need one.
Yechury said that the West Bengal government has cleared a proposal for a sub-plan for the Muslim community in the state.
The CPI (M) leader said that the proposal in the report to modernise `madrasas’ is a welcome one. He, however, added that there was a need for a debate on how to align traditional values and norms followed in the pattern of teaching in madrasas and modern ideas.
Speaking on the findings of the MP-delegation that visited Gujarat on Thursday, Yechury said that the Gujarat state government has done next-to-nothing for the victims of the 2002 riots, and it’s the NGOs that are filling the gap. The state, in fact, has returned Rs 19 crore, of the Rs 150 crore Central assistance, to the Centre. He added that the Left parties would raise the issue of tardy rehabilitation in the Parliament on Monday.