Bill providing 12% reservations to Muslims in the state of Telangana will be introduced in the budget session of the Legislative Assembly. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said “The reservations are being proposed based on the socio-economic conditions of Muslims in the state and not on the basis of religion.” He also said that he would request the Centre to include the proposed reservation in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution.
TRS government had increased the budget to Rs 1200 crore for minority welfare which is being used in setting up residential schools, colleges, overseas scholarship schemes and Shaadi Mubarak scheme.In Telangana 8934 imams and mauzams are being given Rs 1000 monthly honorarium. A grant of Rs 53 crore was given for renovation, repair and construction of wakf institutions, an increase from the practice of earmarking just Rs 4 to Rs 5 crore in the past. The government also gave permission to 11 wakf lands to be leased out for construction and generate revenue of about Rs 60 to Rs 70 crore a year.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, in a statement, informed the Assembly about these measures taken by the state government for the welfare of the minorities.
Owaisi’s political outfit MIM has welcomed this move but its floor leader in the assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi asked the government to extend the benefits of Dalit Christians to Dalit Muslims too. He also asked the state government to ask the Centre to conduct NEET examination for medical courses in Urdu medium. The MIM leader asked the government to construct an Islamic Study Centre at Madhapur, where over an acre of land is available.
This move is being opposed by BJP. Its MLA G Kishan Reddy said that it will leads to mass conversions and disturb communal harmony. He also said government cannot propose 12% reservations to Muslims as the High Court has struck down the four percent reservations for Muslims and the case is now pending with the Supreme Court for hearing.