Hyderabad, April 6: Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir on Monday wrote a letter to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao alleging that Muslimadvocates were ignored in various posts filled by the Law Department.
“Of 178 appointments for different posts, only six were given to advocates belonging to Muslimcommunity. While their presence in the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad is negligible, their presence in other courts of Telangana is almost nil. Of 28 Government Pleaders, only one is aMuslim and of 57 Assistant Government Pleaders only three were given to Muslim advocates. Similarly, of 64 Standing Counsels, only two Muslim advocates were appointed. The overall representation of Muslim advocates in the recently made appointments is just 3.37%,” alleged Shabbir Ali.
Stating that Muslims constitute over 14% of the total population in Telangana and also enjoy 4%reservation in jobs and education, Shabbir Ali said that more number of Muslims could have been appointed to different posts as the quota was not applied in these recruitments. “These appointments, in any manner, do not reflect your commitment to provide 12% reservation to Muslims in jobs and quota. Instead of adopting a liberal approach in giving sufficient representation to Muslims in direct recruitments, the government did not even match the existing 4% quota while making these appointments,” he said.
Similarly, Shabbir Ali said the advocates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes too were given inadequate representation. “The government tried to send a wrong message among people that advocates belonging to SC, ST, BC and minority communities are not efficient to represent the State Government in different courts. They are equally efficient and deserve an equal opportunity to get themselves appointed to posts like Government Pleaders or Standing Counsels,” he said.
Deputy CLP Leader in Assembly T Jeevan Reddy was also present. (EOM)