Govt will ensure proper minority representation in all fields: CM

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Mumbai, Nov 6 (UNI) Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today assured that government will take steps to ensure proper representation to the minority community in all spheres of life.

Addressing the one-day conference of Muslim educationists, organised by Federation of All Minority Educational Organisations at Haj House in south Mumbai, Mr Deshmukh said the state government has set up a separate minority department from this year and also arranged for representatives of the minority community in selection of candidates in police and other departments, so that the minority candidates get proper representation. And the result was positive, he said.

Mr Deshmush also assured that the government would gradually increase the funds provided for minority community in the state budget.

He said the government will consider the demand to set up a separate minority university in the state, while urging the community to give priority to higher education.

The deputy chief minister R R Patil said Maharashtra was the first state to implement the recommendations of Sachar Committee.

Minister of Higher and Technical education Dilip Valse Patil said a meeting of the officials of education department will be called within two days to solve the problems of minority educational institutions.

Noted criminal lawyer Majeed Memon, MLC Fawziya Khan, MLAs Bashir Patel, Yusuf Abrahani demanded funds from the government for setting up minority educational institutions.

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