A delegation led by Maulana Azad Vichar Manch president Husain Dalwai presented a memorandum to Governor of Maharashtra, Ramesh Bais, demanding reservation for Muslims in the field of education.
Former Congress MP Husain Dalwai, during this meeting, alleged discrimination against the Muslim community in granting justice and equality even though it has been 74 years since the Indian Constitution was formed.
While highlighting poor education and lack of employment of Muslims in government jobs, Dalwai said, “Reservation is a must to empower the community in the field of education and jobs.” He also referred to recommendations of the Gopal Singh Commission, Sachar Committee, Ranganath Mishra Commission, and Dr Mahmoodur Rahman Committee, urging their implementation.
The delegation discussed several demands including the effective implementation of the 15-point programme, establishment of Maulana Azad Research and Training Centers similar to BARTI-Mahajyoti for Muslims, provision of scholarships in education, allocation of budget proportional to the population in the state budget, establishment of hostels at district levels, utilisation of Waqf properties for Muslim education, separate enumeration of Muslim OBC castes in the caste-based census and inclusion of Muslims in surveys conducted by the Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission.
Dalwai also expressed concern and demanded immediate measures against growing instances of mob lynching and riots against Muslims, as ell as rehabilitation and financial assistance for victims, and employment opportunities for families affected by such violence.
The meeting saw the presence of Vice President of Maulana Azad Vichar Manch Haseeb Nadaf; Vice President Ainul Attar; President of Muslim Reservation Sangharsh Committee Ajiz Pathan; Divisional President Dr Danish Lambe; Mumbai President Faizulla Khan; and members of Muslim Reservation Front Ajmal Khan, Muzzamil Khan, Shakil Siddiqui, General Secretary Khalil Sayyad, Mohammad Ayyub Sheikh, Rafik Sabir, Akhtar Sheikh and Saif Hashmi.