INL demands implementation of Sachar Committee report

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Kochi, Dec 29 (UNI) The Indian National League (INL) today urged the Union Government to immediately implement the Rajendar Sachar Committee report on improving the status of Muslims in the country.

Addressing a press conference here after a day-long special session of the national executive of the party, League president Mohammed Suleiman said the government should not shy away from its commitment to implement the Sachar and Mishra Committee reports.

''The government is committed to being just and equal towards all the citizens of the country, including the backward classes and minorities. It is sad that even 60 years after independence, Muslims continue to be among the most backward communities in the country,'' he said.

Among other important resolutions passed by the executive, the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was condemned.

''We are of the profound view that the evil forces of imperialism could be behind the act and it is done with a view to creating chaos and confusion in the entire Muslim region,'' he said.

Condemning the recent attacks on Churches and other Christian institutions in Orissa, Mr Suleiman sought a CBI probe into the attacks.

While welcoming the 15-point programme announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the welfare of minorities, he said a close reading of the charter would show that it was similar to the programme announced by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1983.

''It is said that even after almost 25 years, not much progress has been made to improve the status of Muslims and other minority communities,'' he added.

Mr Suleiman said the national executive also ratified the party general secretary's decision to dissolve the Tamil Nadu unit.

An ad-hoc committee had been constituted to look into the party affairs in that state for the time being.

UNI

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