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Separatists term controversial bill as anti-Muslims

Separatists in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday opposed the passage of a bill in the state assembly banning inter-district recruitment and providing eight per cent quota to scheduled castes in government jobs, terming the move as anti-Muslims.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2010 19:10 IST

Separatists in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday opposed the passage of a bill in the state assembly banning inter-district recruitment and providing eight per cent quota to scheduled castes in government jobs, terming the move as anti-Muslims.

"It is our obligation to oppose moves, which are against the development of people here (Kashmir valley). The assembly has passed a bill aimed against the Muslim majority of the state. It is a loss to the identity of this region", Chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said.

Amid uproarious scenes, the state assembly, on Friday, passed a controversial bill which bans inter-district recruitment and provides eight per cent quota for scheduled castes in government jobs in all districts.

Mirwaiz said his organisation opposes the bill as it is beneficial to one region and harmful to the other.

"This way the government is trying to corner Muslims of the state", he said, adding, "We won't remain silent over the issue".

Jamat-e-Islami also expressed similar fears saying, "The bill was aimed to benefit a particular section of Jammu which was part of a deep-rooted scheme to further decrease the quota of Muslims in government jobs.