Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao appears to be highly cautions in dealing with one of his major electoral promises of giving 12% reservation in jobs and education for Muslims.
In his message, which was read out at the annual conference of All India Muslim Education Society (AIMES) held in the city on Saturday, the Chief Minister avoided mentioning “12 per cent” quota for Muslim and remained non-committal on the deadline to implement the same. “Providing reservations to Muslims in jobs and education will prove a very effective measure to ameliorate the studhorse. Therefore, the Telangana Government has taken certain steps for reservations and fulfilled constitutional and legal requirements before passing the resolution in Legislative Assembly. It is sent it for the approval of the Government of India. We have represented to the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and pursuing the matter with the Centre,” he said in his speech copy which was mailed to the media on Saturday evening.
The Chief Minister gave a detailed list of schemes being implemented by his government for the welfare of Muslims in the State. He said while allocating an annual budget of Rs. 1250 crore, several innovative steps were taken for educational, social and economic empowerment of poor Muslims.