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Minorities Commission to complete report by October

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Imphal, Apr 11 (UNI) The National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities will complete its reports by October end and submit the same to the Union government for necessary action.

The members of the Commission who were on a visit to Manipur led by Prof Tahir Mahmood would visit all the states in phases.

The other visiting members are Dr Anil Wilson, Dr Mohinder Singh and Asha Das.

They said it was for the government to finally decide on the recommendations of the commission.

Interacting with the media, before their departure for Andamans today, Prof Mahmood said the states- Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh- have no majority community. He added that they found an interesting phenomenon in Manipur where within the same community there are people, who follow different faiths.

Talking about the Meitei community in the state he said the community itself has many faiths like Hindus, Meitei, Muslims, Christians and the Buddhists.

Another member Asha Das said the commission was formed to determine the criteria for identification of measures for welfare of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities.

The Commission would identify socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities and recommend measures for welfare of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities, including reservation in education and government employment.

The Commission will also suggest the necessary constitutional, legal and administrative modalities, as required for the implementation of their recommendations.

The team called on Governor Dr S S Sidhu and Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh during their two-day visit.

The Commission had a series of meetings with the leaders of religious and linguistic minorities, lead banks, head of academics of linguistic minorities, directors, NGOs to elicit their views on the adequacy of the policies.

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