The state government is mulling over a 2 to 3 per cent reservation for minorities in housing schemes of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).
That means in 1,000 houses built by MHADA, minorities including Muslims, Christians, Sikhs would get quota of around 20-30 houses.
Minister of state for Housing, Sachin Ahir told Hindustan Times that a proposal for the same was ready and would be forwarded to the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan for a go ahead next month.
The proposal for the reservation of minorities comes within a fortnight of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s suggestion at a party workers meet in Navi Mumbai that Muslims should get some quota in state housing schemes.
Currently, MHADA housing schemes have a total 49 per cent quota for various communities, professionals including for scheduled caste and tribes, ex-military men, journalists.
Pawar had called for reservation pointing out that he had come across lot of Muslims, who were finding problems in getting houses.
However, the quota as is being planned is likely to be a symbolic gesture to the minorities instead of any real assistance.