Chief of Opposition within the State Assembly, V D Satheesan, on Saturday initially welcomed the state authorities resolution, saying it was taken contemplating the opposition demand that no group ought to undergo any loss whereas implementing the brand new scheme.
The Congress chief, nevertheless, was compelled to difficulty a clarification few hours later after IUML protested saying the Muslim group suffered an enormous loss because of the state Cupboard’s resolution to introduce a brand new scheme for offering scholarship for minority college students within the state.
The state authorities on Thursday determined to restructure the minority scholar scholarship ratio after the Kerala Excessive Court docket quashed the 2015 state authorities order offering scholarships in 80:20 ratio to Muslims and Latin Christians and Transformed Christians, saying it was “legally unsustainable.” “The scholarship ratio might be restructured in such a fashion that no group might be denied the profit,” the federal government has mentioned.
In his first assertion to the media right this moment, Satheesan welcomed the choice, saying the primary demand of the UDF was to not cut back the variety of scholarships being supplied to the scholars (belonging to Muslim group).
The UDF had additionally demanded that scholarships be given to different minority communities, he mentioned, including no group suffered any loss because of the authorities resolution.
Following the protest by Muslim League leaders, Satheesan met the media once more and alleged that the state authorities didn’t settle for the UDF system utterly.
Clarifying his stand, Satheesan mentioned his assertion was misinterpreted and what he mentioned was that the federal government solely accepted the system partially.
He mentioned the federal government must also handle the grievances of the Muslim League and added that the UDF will focus on the matter. High IUML leaders together with Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal, P Okay Kunhalikutty, E T Muhammed Basheer and KPA Majeed got here out overtly in opposition to the state authorities, alleging that Muslim group misplaced an unique scheme formulated based mostly on the Sachar Committee advice because of the authorities resolution.
Noting that the Sachar Committee was costituted to review the backwardness of the Muslim group, IUML leaders mentioned the federal government schemes formulated based mostly on the Sachar committee suggestions must be supplied solely to the Muslim group.
In addition they urged the federal government to introduce different programmes to resolve the backwardness of different communities.
“We don’t welcome the choice of the state authorities.We’ll battle in opposition to it inside and outdoors the state Meeting,” Kunhalikutty informed reporters in Malappuram.
The variations inside the UDF over the problem have come as a blessing in disguise for the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF which was anticipating an enormous marketing campaign by Muslim League, focusing on its votebase within the Muslim group.
Attacking the IUML, CPI(M) performing secretary A Vijayaraghavan alleged the League leaders had been making an attempt to create division within the society.
He claimed that the federal government resolution was welcomed by all aside from IUML.
“The court docket beneficial the change.The choice (to introduce the brand new scheme) was taken by an all-party assembly.The League’s argument is now irrelevant,” he informed reporters in Alappuzha.
The federal government has mentioned the scholarship ratio might be restructured with out the eligible sections shedding the quantity and quantity of scholarship.
As per the census, the state has a minority inhabitants of 26.56 per cent of Muslims, 18.38 per cent of Christians, 0.01 per cent Buddhists, 0.01 per cent Jain group and 0.01 per cent Sikh inhabitants.
“A sum of Rs 23.51 crore is required for distributing scholarships and the cupboard assembly determined to sanction a non-budgetary allocation of Rs 6.2 crore,” the federal government has mentioned.
The excessive court docket had directed the Left authorities to go applicable orders, offering merit-cum-means scholarship to members of the notified minority communities inside the state equally and in accordance with the most recent inhabitants census obtainable with the State Minority Commission.