The First Attempt For Muslim Reservation

In 1993, as the then Minister for Minorities Welfare, Mr. Mohammed Ali Shabbir, invited prominent Ulemas, Mashaiqeen, religious leaders, intellectuals and other influential personalities to discuss the issue of reservation for Muslim community. He contended that other castes and communities have been growing at various levels due to the benefits of reservations and therefore, the Muslim community too should seek reservation in education and employment. However, the response from the community leaders was shocking. They argued that since Islam preaches equality, the Muslim community could not be classified into different sections for the sake of reservation.

After the first meeting, Mr. Shabbir Ali made several efforts by holding talks on individual basis with socio-religious heads to bring consensus on reservation. When there was no ray of hope from any corner, he himself took the risk of moving the proposal for providing reservation for Muslims in education and jobs. He then consulted the then Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Bhaskar Reddy on the issue and with his consent, the Andhra Pradesh Government issued GO Ms No 30, dated 25th August, 1994, notifying Muslims as Backward Classes. Four days later, Justice Puttu Swamy Commission was constituted to study and decide the quota in jobs and employment for Muslims in Andhra Pradesh.