fr subhashini ali
- dear friends
The National Convention on Minority Rights organised by 3 social organisations - Democratic Forum for National Integration (Kolkata), Awaaz (Hyderabad) and Muslim Intelligentsia Forum (Delhi) - on 4th December at Mavlankar Auditorium, Delhi was a very successful and inspiring event. More than 1200 persons attended the Convention. Many of them were students and young people. But there were also large numbers of teachers, professors, professionals and religious leaders. Many women also attended. People from all the States of the country had also come to participate in the Convention.
The first session on Implementation of the Misra Commission recommendations was presided over by Shri Anwar Pasha (Ass Prof JNU), and the speakers were Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi (Member, AIMUPB), Shri K Abdul Rahman Khan (Dy Chairman, Rajya Sabha), PS Krishnan, Former Member Secy National Commission for Backward Classes and Ali Anwar Ansari, JD(U) MP, Rajya Sabha. Moinul Hasan, CPI(M) MP, Rajya Sabha, moved the resolution that is attached to this mail.
Shri Abdus Sattar (Minister of State for Minority and Madarsa Education, West Bengal) and Shri KT Jaleel (Indep) MLA, Kerala spoke from the floor. Shri Sattar gave a brief report on the WBengal Govt. decision to reserve 10% of all State Govt. jobs for OBC Muslims and also undertook a well-planned drive to identify and notify the communities eligible. The Govt has also made the process of certification simpler and transparent and this has resulted in lakhs of OBC ceritificates being granted in a short period of time. The process is ongoing and monitored by the CM.
The second session was on the Implementation of Sachar Committee recommendations. It was chaired by Shri Zahiruddin Khan, Mg. Editor Syasat (Hyderabad) and the speakers were Smt. Saeeda Sayadain Hameed, Member Planning Commission, Shri MAA Fatmi, RJD, Former MOS HRD, Shri TK Hamza former CPI(M)MP. Shri Mohd Salim, Chairman, WBengal Minorities Financial Development Board, placed the resolution which is attached.
The suggestion made by Smt. Saeeda Sayadain Hameed that the demand for a Muslim sub-plan be forcefully placed along with other demands before the Planning Commission which is preparing its Position Paper on the 12th Five Year Plan was accepted by the House and will be added to the Resolution in its final form.
Some of you were present at the Convention. Your comments will be very valuable