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Buddha mulls coaching to prepare Muslim teachers

Buddha mulls coaching to prepare Muslim teachers

Author: Saugar Sengupta
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: September 11, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/201759/Buddha-mulls-coaching-to-prepare-Muslim-teachers.html

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee who has been regularly breaking bread at Iftaars may not have reserved berths for the minorities. But an uptight Marxist Government eager to arrest the escaping Muslim vote bank has decided to do exactly so by setting aside coaching facilities for the Muslims to enable them get teaching jobs.

The State Government has planned free coaching facility for the State's minorities to help them pass school service commission exams.

The Government will provide such facilities in 12 districts to begin with. In the initial round the Government will spend Rs 50 lakh for the purpose, State Minority Development and Finance Corporation Chairman Mohammad Salim maintained adding at least 6,000 candidates would be imparted free coaching.

The Sacchhar Committee report had stated that the Muslims do not even represent 10 per cent of the workforce in institutions like Kolkata Police and Kolkata Municipal Corporation, the two biggest Government organisations notwithstanding the fact that they constitute more than 25 per cent of the State's population. Worse still only 2 per cent Muslim women have Government jobs.

Reports also said the number of Muslim employees in Group A and B positions only comprise about 4.7 per cent. In the lower Group C and D, they were just 1.8 per cent. The Opposition cashed in on the poor condition of the Muslims in West Bengal in the general elections. The underprivileged status of the Muslims earlier led AS Malihawadi, a Rajya Sabha MP to claim there were more Muslims in jails than in Government jobs.

Even Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee went on record wondering "After all how far can we hide behind excuses and allow a sizeable part of West Bengal to languish in backwardness?"

The free training facility imitates similar facilities provided by the Alia University for Muslim where 35,000 students would get training in various streams with 90 per cent subsidy from the State Government.

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