Equal Opportunity Commission likely to be set up

Press Trust of India / New Delhi August 09, 2010, 16:37 IST

The government is mulling setting up the Equal Opportunity Commission
as recommended by the Sachar Committee in its report on social,
economic and educational status of Muslims, the Rajya Sabha was
informed today.

The committee had recommended setting up of such a commission to look
into the grievances of the deprived groups, Minority Affairs Minister
Salman Khurshid said during Question Hour.

He said as per a recent decision taken by his ministry, MPs and MLAs
could attend meetings of the 15-point committee for the welfare of

Khurshid said the government has identified 90 minority concentration
districts (MCDs) on the basis of substantial minority population and
relative backwardness based on data of 2001 census.

He said the recommendations of the Ranganath Misra Commission were
under consideration. The commission had recommended 15 per cent
reservation for Muslims in education and employment and also suggested
inclusion of Muslim and Christian Dalits in SC List.

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