Maharashtra government asks TISS to study the economic and educational development of the Muslim community in the state

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has been commissioned to conduct a study on the economic and educational development of the Muslim community in Maharashtra by the state’s Department of Minority Development. The state government has sanctioned Rs 33.92 lakhs for the project. Mumbai’s Tata Social Research Council has appointed 56 workers among the state’s 6 regional revenue commissioners.

The government has said that community interviews and surveys will be studied on the economic and educational development of the Muslim community. The committee formed by the government now will include professors from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

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“Maharashtra government appoints TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) to study the status of Muslims in the state to bring the community into the mainstream of economic and educational development; sanctions Rs 33.92 lakhs for the project: Maharashtra Govt,” ANI reported.

Previously, a seven-member committee, set up by the Maharashtra government, reviewed the situation of the Muslim community living in Maharashtra. The committee was established in 2008 to study the social, educational and economic development of Muslims.

It also suggests measures on how to improve their condition. The committee, headed by retired IAS officer Mehmood-ur-Rehman, had submitted its report on the state of the Muslim community in the state to then-Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in 2013.

Based on the report, in 2014, the then Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra allocated 5% reservation to Muslims in schools, colleges and government-run jobs across the state. The decision was, however, challenged in the Bombay High Court, following which the BJP came to power, a leading news agency reported. The Bombay HC had subsequently canceled the 5% reservation clause in jobs, but allowed the reservation in education. However, according to reports, no legal steps were taken to implement the reservation later after the BJP came to power in 2014.

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