Muslim Reservation in 58 Days

Congress party had returned to power after a gap of 10 years. Everyone was in a jubilant mode. Celebrations and felicitations were being organised across the State, especially Hyderabad. However, instead of entering into celebrations’ mode, we confined ourselves to our chambers in the State Secretariat holding review meetings with the officials to fulfill the promises that we made with the people without wasting a single day.

On 2nd June, 2004, a high-level review meeting was held with the Secretaries of all major departments to implement 5% Muslim reservation. Based on the outcome of that meeting, on 4th June, the State Government issued G.O. Ms. No. 50, directing the Commissionerate of Minorities Welfare to conduct a study to examine the social, economic and educational backwardness of Muslim Community in the State for the purpose of including them within the purview of the Backward Classes of citizens under Articles 15(4) and 16(4) of the Constitution. The Commissionerate was asked to submit its report to the government at the earliest.

On 5th July, 2004, the Commissionerate of Minorities Welfare submitted its report to the government. It recommended 5% reservation to Muslim minorities in employment, education and other fields on par with the Backward Classes in the State. The State Government accepted the recommendations and issued an order vide G.O.Ms.No. 33, dated 12-07-2004, directing that Muslims in the State be provided with 5% reservations in educational institutions and employment in the State.