Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said that the state will shield the proposed 12 percent reservation for poor Muslim communities even in the highest office of the Central Government.
The Minister made the announcement during a government-sponsored Iftar that was held in Hyderabad on 18 June 2017. The Minister stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been apprised of the reservation bill during his last visit and Modi had assured that he will study the bill.
The Minister also added that he had conveyed to the Prime Minister that the reservation bill was in keeping with the election promise that his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party had made in 2014. He also affirmed that he intended to keep his promise and will respond strongly in case of any opposition to the bill.
The reservation bill, which has been passed by the Telangana Legislature, proposes to increase reservations in jobs and education for backward sections of the Muslim community from 4 percent to 12 percent.
Besides this, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of Anees-ul-Gurbha Complex in Nampally area, a shelter house that aims to provide education and shelter to Muslim orphan children. The total estimated cost of the complex is about Rs. 20 Cr.
While speaking on the occasion, Rao said that it was his government’s top-most priorities to provide education to the Muslim children.
Till now, the state government has set up 204 residential schools for underprivileged children from the Muslim community, which is expected to benefit almost 1.33 lakh students.