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Survey on Muslims: PMO clarifies

Tuesday 14 February 2006

Special Correspondent

Data being sought from all departments and agencies, not just the armed forces It is part of the assignment to prepare a report on the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community

NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Monday sought to set the record straight on the controversy over the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee seeking details from the armed forces on the number of Muslims in its employ. According to the PMO, the data was being sought from all departments and agencies of the Central and State Governments, not just the Army. This was part of the Committee’s assignment to prepare a report on the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community in the country.

The PMO, in the clarification, said it had not been involved with the working of the seven-member committee since it was constituted on March 9, 2005.

The committee, which was set up by the PMO, was given 15 months to submit its report and asked to address a series of pointed questions.

These include details of the States, regions, districts and blocks where Muslims mostly live; the geographical pattern of their economic activity; their asset base and income levels in relation to other groups; their level of socio-economic development in terms of relevant indicators such as literacy, maternal mortality rate, infant mortality rate; their share in public and private sector entrepreneurship; and their level of access to education, health, bank credit and services provided by the government.

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