Muslims announce poll agenda. What about Christians?

November 28, 2013 by  
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Muslims announce their election agendaNew Delhi, November 22, 2013: 32 leading Muslims of India hailing from 18 states assembled in National Sports Club of India, near India Gate, New Delhi and made the following declaration before a large number of representatives of the print and electronic media]

During the last four and a half years, except partly amending the Waqf law, the UPA Government at the centre has not taken any institutional measure for the long term welfare of Muslims, while at least twenty vital works are pending for long. In those states where UPA parties are ruling the Mishra Commission and Sachar Committee reports have not been implemented. Even Government encroachments on Waqf properties have not been removed. In the upcoming 2-3 months also, Muslims will closely watch the doings or failures of the Governments of UPA and its allies.

Those national and state level parties and independent candidates who are looking for Muslim votes will have to write on their letterheads to the Muslim organizations, promising to do 20 Works for Muslims within the demanded time-frame, will have to clearly mention the time bound completion of all these 20 Works in their manifesto and will have to clearly and repeatedly speak about these 20 Works in all their election speeches. Besides, if any party has its government running currently in any state or union territory then it will have to immediately begin doing there these 20 Works for Muslims.

These 20 Works have been talked about in detail in meetings recently held in Delhi and many other states. The list is as follows.

1. Create time-bound fast track courts to try terror allegations. Merely issuing a central advisory is not sufficient. The political party ruling in the state concerned will have to immediately appoint the fast track courts. (Home Ministry)

2. Provide compensation of Rupees fifty lakh to each person who is judicially acquitted of terror allegations. (Home Ministry)

3. Get passed from Parliament fast the Prevention of Targeted Communal Violence Bill. (Home Ministry)

4. From the definition of ‘Scheduled Caste’ delete the conditionality of religion.Delete para 3 from the 1950 Order through a simple parliamentary resolution.(Mishra Commission & Sachar Committee) (Ministry of Law)

5. De-reserve constituencies with substantial Muslim influence. Immediately appoint the next Delimitation Commission with clear time-bound mandate to remove these anomalies.(Sachar Committee) (Ministry of Law)

6. Evolve procedure to nominate Muslims in public positions of power.(Sachar Committee)(Cabinet Secretariat & Ministry of Minority Affairs)

7. Earmark 67% for Muslims out of the Reservation to be made for all minorities – as Muslims constitute 73% of all minorities.(Mishra Commission) (Ministry of Law)

8. Create Special Component Plan in the Budget for Muslims for skill development programs and other economic opportunities.(‘Promises to Keep’ by Harsh Mandar & others) (Planning Commission & Ministry of Finance)

9. Enhance Outlay for 15 Point Program to 19% of total plan allocation.(‘Promises to Keep’ by Harsh Mandar & others) (Minority Affairs Ministry, Planning Commission & Finance Ministry)

10. Make the village (in rural area) and ward (in urban area) [and not the district or block] as units of planning for infrastructure schemes (including MSDP) and their implementation.(‘Promises to Keep’ by Harsh Mandar & others) (Planning Commission)

11. For special recruitment of 1400 additional IPS officers, scrap the Limited Competitive Examination as it preempts Muslim intake.(Ministries of Personnel & Home)

12. Establish Indian Waqf Service on the pattern of several states where senior officers are directly recruited, by state law, to manage Hindu temples & endowments.(Sachar Committee) (Ministries of Personnel & Minority Affairs)

13. (a) Include the following Sachar + JPC recommendations of vital significance (which have not been incorporated in Waqf Act 2013) in the Waqf Rules and/or departmental instructions.

(i) The Secretary of the Central Waqf Council shall not be of official rank lower than Joint Secretary to the Government of India.
(ii) No Waqf property shall be leased at less than the currently prevalent fair market rate of rent.
(iii) No Waqf lease proposal shall be required to be submitted to the state government before issuing the lease order by the State Waqf Board.

(Sachar Committee Report & JPC on Waqfs ) Ministry of Minority Affairs

13(b) Act on PM Indira Gandhi’s letter no. 71-PMO/76 dated March 26, 1976 addressed to the chief ministers (reproduced in Sachar Committee Report on page 223). Vacate Waqf properties occupied by the Governments in the centre and states and restore these to the State Waqf Boards.(Sachar Committee & JPC on Waqfs) (PMO & Ministry of Minority Affairs)

14(a) Publicize Madarsa Scheme (SPQEM) in Urdu & other languages. The amount of Rs 50 lakh granted every year for publicity, has not been adequately utilized. (Ministry of HRD)

14(b) Establish equivalence between Madarsa and other education. Translate into Urdu, Hindi and regional languages the DOPT Order dated 23 February 2010 referred to, for this purpose, by the Ministry of HRD on its website and publish the translated versions in the newspapers published in these languages from the states.(Sachar Committee Report) (Ministry of HRD) [UGC + NIOS]

15. Within one year of taking oath, ensure the conferment of ‘Minority Status’ on theAligarh Muslim University founded by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Take similar action for other institutions founded by Muslims and other minorities.(Ministry of HRD)

16. Give option for interest-free finance in the banking sector. Implement the recommendations of Raghuram Rajan Committee on financial sector reforms of the Planning Commission. (Planning Commission)

17. Central Urdu Teachers Scheme: Follow up and get resolved non-implementation in states. (Ministry of HRD)

18. Establish Equal Opportunity Commission. (Modalities were finalized by Expert Committee 4 years ago)(Sachar Committee Report) (Ministry of Minority Affairs)

19. Institute the Schemes for Incentives based on Diversity Index. (Modalities were finalized by Expert Committee 4 years ago)(Sachar Committee Report) (Ministry of Minority Affairs)

20(a). Involve Muslim beneficiary groups in planning & oversight ofprojects. (Cabinet Secretariat & Ministry of Minority Affairs)

20(b). Concentrate on benefiting the whole Muslim community, not only a few individuals.

During the last one and a half years, in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Government has not fulfilled a single electoral promise made to the Muslims. Neither it granted reservation to Muslims nor did it implement the Sachar Committee’s recommendations. Rather, it failed to preempt or control the mass violence committed in Muzaffarnagar against Muslims. Now, official assistance has been announced to a few out of one lakh displaced persons and even that on the condition that the victims will never go back to reoccupy their houses.

On the other hand, through a PowerPoint presentation made at Ahmedabad on 29 June 2013 in a program of Sri Narendra Modi, the reasons of Muslims’ mass displeasure with BJP were eloquently narrated. This presentation has been widely noted in the media and can be seen on the internet. But there is no improvement in the principles, policies, actions and utterances of the Sangh Parivar, the BJP and Sri Narendra Modi.

Thus, during the upcoming elections, Muslims would like to vote for carefully selected independent candidates and national and state level parties other than BJP, Samajwadi Party and UPA and its allies.

– tcn

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