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AP to get ordinance to provide reservation to Muslims

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June 09, 2007 15:55 IST

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy said on Saturday that his government would bring an ordinance within 30 days to provide reservation to Muslims in educational institutions and government jobs in the state.

"The government would soon overcome all legal hurdles on the issue of reservations for Muslims," Reddy said after participating in a function organised by the state Urdu Academy to distribute computers to Deeni Madarsas.

Reiterating his government's commitment for welfare of minorities in the state, Reddy assured that the government would provide all possible help to provide modern education in madarsas.

He said madarsas were treated as havens of ISI activities during the NDA regime at the Centre and TDP in the state, but Congress government was of the opinion that they were 'centres of knowledge'.

Reddy also assured government's unconditional help to modernise madarsas.

Referring to scholarships offered to Muslim students in Urdu medium schools, he said the scholarship fund was increased from RsĀ 4 crore to Rs 80 crore during last three years.

Minorities welfare Minister Mohd Ali Shabbir, Minister for Cooperation Mohd Fareeduddin, Welfare Minister M Mukesh Goud and Urdu academy president Mohd Raheemuddin Ansari also addressed the gathering.

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