Paswan demands provision for muslims in Budget
He calls for quota for Dalit Muslims and Christians not only in Govt jobs but also in state assemblies and LS, reports HT Correspondent.india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 22:07 IST
Strongly defending Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's suggestion for resources priority to minorities, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday demanded that special component plans for the Muslims as well as SC-STs be introduced in the next year's Union Budget.
"There should be a special component for Muslims and SC-STs in the Central funds commensurate with their percentage in the country's population. We support what the PM has said at the National Development Council and also demand that he should translate this into action by framing legislation for the purpose," he said.
Paswan asserted that there was no need for the PM to be defensive on the matter or issue any clarification as the UPA cannot change its stand because of opposition from the BJP.
Pointing out that the Sachar Committee had described the Muslim community as socially and educationally backward, he repeated his earlier demand for granting separate reservations to them.
Besides, he also called for a quota for Dalit Muslims and Christians not only in government jobs but also in state assemblies and Lok Sabha.
Paswan's party is organising an international conference of Dalits and Muslims in the Capital on December 27 and 28 for deliberations on crucial issues related to them.
To be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, it will be attended by other prominent leaders like former PM VP Singh, HRD Minister Arjun Singh, Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Social Welfare Minister Meira Kumar.