Andhra Pradesh to Reserve Jobs for Muslims in Education and Government

June 17, 2005

Source: BBC News

On June 17, 2005 BBC News reported, "The government in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is to reserve 5% of jobs in education and government for the Muslim minority.

The state cabinet took the decision on Friday in light of the findings of a special commission.

Hardline Hindus had opposed the policy when it was floated last year and a court that was hearing their objections recommended the commission be set up.

Muslims make up about 10% of the 78m population in Andhra Pradesh... Under the policy, children of people earning more than 250,000 rupees ($5,700) a year will not be eligible for a reserved job.

Neither will be children of top government officials.

The government says the law will be enforced this year.

A number of other states in India have a percentage of Muslim-reserved jobs."