Thursday, February 11, 2010

West Bengal Muslims divided over job reservation | Legal / Law / Rights

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    West Bengal Muslims divided over job reservation
    • West Bengal’s Muslims are divided over the government’s move to reserve 10 percent of government jobs for socially, economically and educationally backward in the community.

      While some dismissed the Left Front government’s decision as a gimmick aimed at winning back the support of Muslims ahead of next year’s assembly polls, others hailed the move.

      But there was near unanimity that the job reservation announcement would be meaningless until the educational opportunities for the community were improved.

      ‘We are not satisfied with the announcement. We demanded 20 percent reservation for Muslims in West Bengal and it is possible,’ Maulana Md. Shafique, the imam of Kolkata’s Nakhoda Mosque, told IANS.

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