Muslim Intellectuals Unveil 20-Point Agenda of Demands

Victims of the recent Muzaffarnagar riots relate their woes to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a relief camp in Muzaffarnagar. Security remains a major concern for the community. IANS
Victims of the recent Muzaffarnagar riots relate their woes to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a relief camp in Muzaffarnagar. Security remains a major concern for the community. IANS

Security remains one of the main concerns of  


NEW DELHI, Nov 23 – Thirty-two leading Muslims of India hailing from 18 states assembled at the National Sports Club of India in New Delhi this week and made the following declaration before a large number of representatives of the print and electronic media

During the last four and a half years, except partly amending the Waqf law, the UPA Government at the center has not taken any institutional measure for the long term welfare of Muslims, while at least twenty vital works are pending for long. In those states where UPA parties are ruling the Mishra Commission and Sachar Committee reports have not been implemented.

Even Government encroachments on Waqf properties have not been removed. In the upcoming 2-3 months also, Muslims will closely watch the doings or failures of the Governments of UPA and its allies.

During the last one and a half years, in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Government has not fulfilled a single electoral promise made to the Muslims. Neither it granted reservation to Muslims nor did it implement the Sachar Committee’s recommendations.

Rather, it failed to preempt or control the mass violence committed in Muzaffarnagar against Muslims. Now, official assistance has been announced to a few out of one lakh displaced persons and even that on the condition that the victims will never go back to reoccupy their houses.

On the other hand, through a PowerPoint presentation made at Ahmedabad on 29 June 2013 in a program of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, the reasons of Muslims’ mass displeasure with BJP were eloquently narrated. This presentation has been widely noted in the media and can be seen on the Internet. But there is no improvement in the principles, policies, actions and utterances of the Sangh Parivar, the BJP and Modi.

Thus, during the upcoming elections, Muslims would like to vote for carefully selected independent candidates and national and state level parties other than BJP, Samajwadi Party and UPA and its allies.

Those national and state level parties and independent candidates that are looking for Muslim votes will have to write to Muslim organizations, promising to implement the 20-point agenda of demands within the timeframe, will have to clearly mention the time bound completion of all these 20-point agenda in their manifesto and will have to clearly and repeatedly speak about these demands in all their election speeches. Besides, if any party has its government running currently in any state or union territory then it will have to immediately begin doing there these 20 Works for Muslims.

The 20-point agenda has been talked about in detail in meetings recently held in Delhi and many other states. Following is the 20-point agenda presented by Muslim intellectuals:


1. Create time-bound fast track courts to try terror allegations. Merely issuing a central advisory is not sufficient. The political party ruling in the state concerned will have to immediately appoint the fast track courts.

2. Provide compensation of Rs 50 lakh to each person who is judicially acquitted of terror allegations.

3. Get passed from Parliament fast the Prevention of Targeted Communal Violence Bill.

4. From the definition of ‘Scheduled Caste’ delete the conditionality of religion. Delete para 3 from the 1950 Order through a simple parliamentary resolution.

5. De-reserve constituencies with substantial Muslim influence. Immediately appoint the next Delimitation Commission with clear time-bound mandate to remove these anomalies, as advised by Sachar Committee.

6. Evolve procedure to nominate Muslims in public positions of power, as recommended by the Sachar Committee.

7. Earmark 67% for Muslims out of the Reservation to be made for all minorities – as Muslims constitute 73% of all minorities, according to the Mishra Commission.

8. Create Special Component Plan in the Budget for Muslims for skill development programs and other economic opportunities, as advised in recommendations: ‘Promises to Keep’ by Harsh Mandar & others)

9. Enhance Outlay for 15 Point Program to 19% of total plan allocation.
 (‘Promises to Keep’ by Harsh Mandar & others) (Minority Affairs Ministry, Planning Commission & Finance Ministry)

10. Make the village (in rural area) and ward (in urban area) [and not the district or block] as units of planning for infrastructure schemes (including MSDP) and their implementation.
 (‘Promises to Keep’ by Harsh Mandar & others) (Planning Commission).

11. For special recruitment of 1400 additional IPS officers, scrap the Limited Competitive Examination as it preempts Muslim intake.

12. Establish Indian Waqf Service on the pattern of several states where senior officers are directly recruited, by state law, to manage Hindu temples & endowments, as advised by Sachar Committee.

13. (a) Include the Sachar + JPC recommendations of vital significance (which have not been incorporated in Waqf Act 2013) in the Waqf Rules and/or departmental instructions.

(i) The Secretary of the Central Waqf Council shall not be of official rank lower than Joint Secretary to the Government of India.

(ii) No Waqf property shall be leased at less than the currently prevalent fair market rate of rent.

(iii) No Waqf lease proposal shall be required to be submitted to the state government before issuing the lease order by the State Waqf Board.

13. (b) Act on PM Indira Gandhi’s letter no. 71-PMO/76 dated March 26, 1976 addressed to the chief ministers (reproduced in Sachar Committee Report on page 223). Vacate Waqf properties occupied by the Governments in the centre and states and restore these to the State Waqf Boards.
 (Sachar Committee & JPC on Waqfs) (PMO & Ministry of Minority Affairs)

14. (a) Publicize Madrassa Scheme (SPQEM) in Urdu & other languages. The amount of Rs 50 lakh granted every year for publicity, has not been adequately utilized. (Ministry of HRD)

14. (b) Establish equivalence between Madrassa and other education. Translate into Urdu, Hindi and regional languages the DOPT Order dated 23 February 2010 referred to, for this purpose, by the Ministry of HRD on its website and publish the translated versions in the newspapers published in these languages from the states.
 (Sachar Committee Report) (Ministry of HRD) [UGC + NIOS]

15. Within one year of taking oath, ensure the conferment of ‘Minority Status’ on the
 Aligarh Muslim University founded by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Take similar action for other institutions founded by Muslims and other minorities.

16. Give option for interest-free finance in the banking sector. Implement the recommendations of Raghuram Rajan Committee on financial sector reforms of the Planning Commission.

17. Central Urdu Teachers Scheme: Follow up and get resolved non-implementation in states.

18. Establish Equal Opportunity Commission. (Modalities were finalized by Expert Committee 4 years ago) 
(Sachar Committee Report) (Ministry of Minority Affairs)

19. Institute the Schemes for Incentives based on Diversity Index. (Modalities were finalized by Expert Committee 4 years ago) as suggested by Sachar Committee Report.

20. (a) Involve Muslim beneficiary groups in planning & oversight of 
projects. (Cabinet Secretariat & Ministry of Minority Affairs)

20. (b) Concentrate on benefiting the whole Muslim community, not only a few individuals.

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