TISS to assess socio-economic status of Muslims in Maharashtra, committee formed by Eknath Shinde

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The state government has approved a budget of Rs 33.9 lakh for this study.
Mahmudur Rahman Committee was constituted to study the situation of the Muslim community in the past as well.
About 60 percent of Muslims in Maharashtra live their lives below the poverty line.

Mumbai, With an aim to uplift the social and economic status of minorities in Maharashtra, the Eknath Shinde-led NDA government has asked the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) to conduct a study on the condition of the Muslim community living in the state. According to a report in Times of India, the state government has approved a budget of Rs 33.9 lakh for this study. Let us tell you that the population of Muslims in the state is 11 percent.

According to the proposal of the government, this study will analyze the social, educational and economic condition of the Muslim community. It will also present to the government the impact of the state’s education, health, employment, housing, credit access and infrastructure policies on the community.

Mahmudur Rahman Committee has also done the study
Even before this, the Mahmudur Rehman Committee was constituted to study the situation of the Muslim community in the state, which submitted its report to the then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in 2013. According to news agency PTI, the committee was formed in 2008 to study the educational, social and economic backwardness of Muslims and suggest measures to improve their condition. The seven-member committee, headed by retired IAS officer Mahmood-ur-Rehman, included retired IAS, IPS officers as well as professors from institutions such as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

In a report submitted in 2013, it was said that about 60 percent of Muslims in Maharashtra are below the poverty line. Their share in government jobs was only 4.4 per cent and the total number of graduates was only 2.2 per cent. The report recommended eight per cent reservation for the Muslim community in state, education and housing – public and private institutions.

According to the committee’s report, in 2014 the then Congress-NCP government had announced five per cent reservation for Muslims in government schools, colleges and jobs. However, the decision was challenged in the Bombay High Court, after which the decision could never take off till date.

Tags:, Maharashtra, Muslims

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