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Forcible eviction of protesting youth during Waqf Corp launch condemned
Wednesday January 29, 2014 11:47 PM, Staff Reporter

An angry Syed Zafar Mahmood, president of Zakat Foundation who was Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at the PMO for the Sachar Committee, Wednesday condemned the forcible eviction by the police of a Muslim youth who was protesting during the launch of the National Waqf Development Corporation terming it as an 'insult' to the entire Muslim community.

"Today after the PM had spoken in the inauguration function of waqf development corporation one aggrieved person Dr Fahim Beg protested against forming new schemes while existing ones have not been implemented, the Govt's muscle wielding policemen gagged his mouth and forcibly took him out of the auditorium. We strongly condemn this anti-Muslim aggression of the Govt and we consider this as an insult of the Muslim community of India', he said in a statement sent to

He also criticised the delay in establishing the Waqf development corporation.

"The establishment of National Waqf Development Corporation is a good step for enhancing the waqf revenue. K Rahman Khan deserves praise. But it is not understood why the central govt took seven long years in implementing this simple recommendation of Sachar Committee", he said.

"Apart from this and the recent amendment of Waqf law, the Govt has not implemented any other important recommendation of Sachar Committee which is likely to have far reaching positive impact for amelioration of the low status of Muslims in every field", he said.

He listed the schemes as de-reservation of parliamentary and assembly constituencies which have high Muslim percentages but low SC visibility.

"Instead", he said, "As per Sachar report, those constituencies should be reserved which have high SC percentage and low Muslim presence. No action has been taken by the Govt on this recommendation in seven years.

"Likewise", he added, "Sachar recommendation to institute an Alternative Admission Criterion in colleges & universities has also been in the Govt's cold storage for seven years.

"According to this, every admission seeker should be graded on twin basis of academic merit (60%) and backwardness (40%). But in the Govt there has not been any headway on this vital suggestion too."

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