Minister for Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid favours providing
disincentives for those residential colonies which do not have a
''You can have incentives and disincentives in the form of more or
less taxes for these colonies to encourage them to accommodate
people from every caste and religion,'' he said.
Khurshid expressed these views in an informal interaction with media
here this week during which he was asked about his Ministry's
reaction to the refusal by the Nibbana Cooperative Housing Society
to give film actor Emraan Hashmi a no objection certificate to allow
him to buy a flat in Pali Hill in Bandra allegedly because of
his being a Muslim.
He was asked whether the Equal Opportunities Commission, which was
soon to come into being, could redress the grievances like the one
faced by the film actor.
Khurshid said there were other commissions which looked into cases
of individual grievances, as the Equal Opportunities Commission
would deal with larger grievances, and not only of minorities.
The Minister, however, said the Commission could do things like
asking the Government to impose heavier taxes on those colonies
which do not reflect the diversity of the country. Such incentives
and disincentives exist in some countries of the world like
Singapore, he said.
He said the Commission would have a statutory status and would act
like a forum where people could register their complaints if they
felt they were denied any benefits on grounds of their religion,
sex, religion, caste, race, descent or language.
Hashmi has taken his compliant to the Maharashtra State Commission
for Minorities. He is reported to have said that it was not just a
question of Muslims, as he knew people of other communities who
faced a similar kind of discrimination, which should not be
The managing committee of the housing society has, however, denied
all charges made by the actor. A written statement issued by the
society said, "There is no minority or majority but only Indians and
we are proud of the fact.''