Sachar report an eyewash, says Azam
URBAN DEVELOPMENT Minister Azam Khan on Friday said that the Sachar committee report had failed to fulfill the aspirations of the Muslim community. Terming the report on the status of Muslims as an ?eyewash?, Khan said that it had failed to highlight the real issues faced by the community.india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 01:52 IST
URBAN DEVELOPMENT Minister Azam Khan on Friday said that the Sachar committee report had failed to fulfill the aspirations of the Muslim community. Terming the report on the status of Muslims as an ‘eyewash’, Khan said that it had failed to highlight the real issues faced by the community.
He alleged the Congress leaders had distorted the report to serve their vested political interests. “The issues that were discussed during the drafting of the report are not mentioned in the report that was tabled on Thursday,” he said.
“We had demanded special opportunities for the Muslims, but the report is silent on the issue,” he said, adding that Muslims were already getting general opportunities. “Union Minister AR Antuly tabled the report without reading it,” he said. Demanding Antuly’s removal from the Cabinet, Azam said that it only indicated how serious the government was about the report.
Khan said that the Sachar committee report threw light on the educational and economic condition of Muslims in the last 58 years. The Congress ruled the country as well as various States for 45 years and during its rule, the condition of Muslims only deteriorated. “Post-independence, the representation of Muslims in government jobs was 34 per cent, the figure today stood at just one per cent. No one but the Congress is responsible for the plight of Muslims,” he said.
Now, the party plans to use the Sachar committee report to capture Muslim votes. But the community would not be fooled by its game plan, he added. “The Muslims are aware of the fact that during the Congress-rule, premier minority institutions like the Deoband, AMU and the Usmania were raided. The party did nothing to restore minority status of the AMU and now, HRD Ministry is planning to withdraw minority status of the Jamia Millia Islamia University too,” he said.
First Published: Dec 02, 2006 01:52 IST