AP Govt committed to welfare of Muslims: CM

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Hyderabad, Feb 2 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh government is committed to protecting the interests of the minorities, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy said today.

''At no point of time, we will allow any Muslims in the state to feel disappointed. In every possible way, we will ensure that muslims are a part of the development. We will take special efforts to see that your voice is heard, your interests are protected,'' the Chief Minister said, while interacting with 17 Muslim candidates, including seven in general quota, who were appointed as engineers in APGENCO and APSPDCL under four per cent BC-E group reservation at a function held at his camp office, an official release here said.

''Of the 211 engineers recruited by APGENCO and APSPDCL, 15 Muslims got jobs. But for the four per cent reservation, it would have been only 7 (under open competition). Because of the four per cent reservations, another eight candidates got jobs, Dr Reddy said adding ''This is the first batch recruited under four per cent Muslim minority quota in the entire country.'' ''This is a historic moment for the state government,'' the Chief Minister said, adding, the Congress government was doing everthing to help the minority students by providing fee reimbursement, scholarships, among other things.

Minority Welfare and Energy Minister Shabbir Ali spoke about the various activities taken up for the welfare of the Muslims in the State.

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