Sachar-type survey for minorities recommended

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New Delhi, Dec 22: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has recommended to the Government to conduct a Sachar Committee-type survey on the status of Christians, Buddhists and other groups too.

''The suggestion has been forwarded to the Government, but in the meantime, the Commission has asked an organisation to do some preliminary work,'' Vice Chairman of the Commission Michael Pinto told the sources. The idea was mooted when Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari was the chairperson of the Commission during whose tenure the Sachar Committee had come out with is report. The Sachar panel survey is considered to be the most comprehensive and authentic study of the educational, social and economic status of Muslims.

''We are aiming at the same kind of study regarding Christians, Buddhists and other minorities too, ,'' Mr Pinto said.

He said most often it happened that focus was diverted to Muslims which were a larger group, but lack of information about other minorities remained unmarked.

''In the absence of adequate data regarding these groups, it would be difficult to formulate any strategy, while it is undisputed that there are sections among them which are in need of special measures for their uplift,'' he said.

The Sachar panel report has been tabled in Parliament and the Government has started some measures in the light of its recommendations.


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