WB: Bill on reservation for Muslims in 3 months

Kolkata: The West Bengal government will within three months bring a Bill in the Assembly for increasing the reservation for Muslims and for the community`s development in the state.

The government will take a fresh look at a move in this direction by the erstwhile Left Front government, which failed to receive the consent of the Governor, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here today.

"The previous government moved in a hurry and failed to place it (Bill) in a proper manner. It failed to receive the consent of the Governor. We shall give it a fresh look and place a Bill in the Assembly within three months," Banerjee said, after a discussion with Justice Sachchar.

Former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had announced 10 per cent reservation in government jobs for Muslims in the OBC quota in February last year.

"There are some legal complications. Since minority and OBCs are two separate departments, consent of both are required to make the Bill comprehensive," Banerjee said.

She was speaking after giving away loans and scholarships to beneficiaries of the West Bengal Development and Finance Corporation.

She said steps were being taken to set up an expert committee to prepare the Bill rectifying the earlier mistakes and incorporating more provisions.

The LF government had issued a notification announcing increase of reservation for other backward classes (OBC) by 10 per cent, raising the quota to 17 per cent in the state to benefit economically backward Muslims based on recommendations by the Ranganath Mishra Commission.