KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today defended his government’s job reservation policy for OBC Muslims and said it was now trying to solve the housing accommodation problem of the community.
“There is reservation of jobs for the people belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Communities. There was no reservation for the Muslims in government. There should be equal opportunities. We have provided 10 per cent reservation for Muslims,” Bhattacharjee said.
The state government had decided last year to institutionalise 17 per cent job quota for OBCs, including 10 per cent for Muslims, without naming them.
Reservation of jobs for the OBC Muslims is expected to be the centrepiece of the CPI(M)’s drive to win back the minorities who have deserted the Left, as shown from the result of several elections in the recent past.