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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

State minority panel disposes of 2 cases

Dehradun, December 7
The State Minority Commission (SMC) held a meeting in the district today to discuss 16 issues enlisted before it out of which the commission disposed of two cases.
In one such case, the commission has directed the Education Department to give Mohammad Salim the job of a primary Urdu teacher. Chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari said the confidence of people was increasing more in the commission than the legal system.
Giving example of Mohd Salim, he said, the complainant withdrew his complaint from the High Court and preferred the SMC instead.
Salim had accused the Education Department of appointing a candidate who had received 97 marks in the interview while rejecting him despite obtaining 102 marks in the competitive examination held for the appointment of the primary teachers in the state.
In another case of property dispute, Afaq of Kiccha was put in jail on the grounds of causing injuries to Gulshan Kumar, but when the minority commission facilitated an inquiry into the matter through a panel under the guidance of District Magistrate, it was found that a false report was registered by the police on the basis of injuries which were 10 years old.
The commission has written for action against the medical officer who gave the faulty report in first instance and compensation for Afaq who was incarcerated for three months.
Taking cognizance of the absence of PCS officer Mohan Singh Bernia in today’s hearing, the commission has directed the Chief Secretary of the state to either block his salary or take appropriate action against the officer who have failed to appear before the commission in regard to the matter of confiscating 376.22 sq metre of land owned by complainant Bhajan Singh Jassal at Kadoli a year ago.
Vice-chairman of the SMC Mazhar Naeem said it was strange that the Police Department in the entire state had zero registration of cases filed by people of minority communities.
If such was the fact, then why the number of complaints was on the rise in the SMC.
He found the Education Department in the centre of most of the complaints and blamed the police for not cooperating with the commission. 

Govt’s effigy burnt for ignoring minorities 
Dehradun, December 7
The Dehradun Mahanagar Youth Congress Minorities Cell today burnt the effigy of the BJP government accusing it of completely ignoring minorities in its five-year rule in the state. Led by Aashraf Ali, president of the cell, Congress workers gathered at Congress Bhawan during afternoon hours today from where they proceeded to Ashley Hall, raising slogans against the state BJP government. They burnt the effigy of the state government at Ashley Hall.
Addressing the protesters, senior Congress leader Dilshad Qureshi accused the state BJP government of doing little for the minorities, particularly the Muslims. He said it was only now when the Assembly elections were round the corner that the state government had announced some sops for the Muslim community.
He pointed out that the Muslim Education Mission, set up by the earlier Congress government in the state, had become defunct ever since the BJP government came to power in the state. He asked the Muslims to give a befitting reply to the BJP in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. Vice-president of the Mahanagar Youth Congress Minorities Cell Hyat Khan, Mohammed Shahid and Wasim Ahmed were prominent among the protesters. 

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