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The Indian Herald

April 12, 2009

Congress promises reservation for Muslims

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that Congress would take steps to provide reservation for Muslims in government jobs as well as private sector.

Addressing the editors of Urdu newspapers, Singh said that the Congress was committed to the welfare of Muslim community and already the percentage of Muslims in paramilitary forces has gone up to 10%.

This will be taken up to 15% if we are voted to power again. Singh said that Muslims aren't getting adequate representation in banks and private section and the party has taken note of it.

He said that the manifesto promises job reservation. "We would ensure that there is a national consensus for reservation for the community and will subsequently provide for proportional reservation for Muslims in jobs".

Singh said that action would be taken against those responsible for torture innocent Muslims youths under false criminal charges by implicating them in cases of terrorism.

"We will ensure that there is no violation of human rights". If it is established that a person was framed, strict action would be taken against guilty police officers and authorities while the victims would get compensation, he added.

TIH Bureau

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