Kolkata: West Bengal
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while unveiling scholarships and
sops for the state's minorities Saturday accused the previous
Left government of sowing confusion by announcing a "hurried and
erroneous" quota in government jobs for Muslims.
Addressing a programme organised by the West Bengal Minorities
Development and Finance Corporation, Banerjee declared that loans
totalling Rs.82 crore will be given this year to the minorities,
besides scholarships and stipends worth Rs.122 crore.
"This year, 7.5 lakh minority students will get loans for studies.
Next year, we will raise this figure to more than eight lakh
students," Banerjee told the gathering at the Netaji Indoor
She said 7,200 Anganwadi centres will be set up in areas which
which have a large concentration of minorities.
"We will build 37,300 houses under Indira Awas Yojna in those
areas. We have also plans of building 5,000 houses for minorities
in Kolkata only," said Banerjee.
Banerjee alleged that the previous government created a lot of
confusion regarding the introduction of 10 percent reservation in
government jobs for the 53 backward classes among Muslims and
vowed that her new government will fix up the problem.
"Vote is a big compulsion. They (Left Front) did that reservation
system in haste and it is full of errors. As far as I know, the
governor has not signed it till now. Nobody has got any benefit
from that till now as it is full of errors. We will also look into
"We will fix it up in a new way so that you people get the
benefit. You all have to keep faith on the new government. We will
not desert you," said Banerjee.
The Left Front government had implemented the Ranganath Mishra
Commission's recommendations and introduced 10 percent reservation
in government jobs for the 53 backward classes among Muslims.
As a result of the expansion of the other backward classes (OBC)
list, currently, of the 2.02 crore Muslims in Bengal, 1.72 crore
have been classified as OBCs, amounting to over 85 percent of the
total Muslims in the state.