On Aligarh Muslim University
This All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat expresses its serious concern over the reversal of the stand by the BJP led Central Govt. before the Supreme Court on the Aligarh Muslim University’s minority status. The Mushawarat is of the firm opinion that the AMU was envisioned by great social reformer and educationist of modern India Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and established by the Muslims of India for their own educational advancement in the only manner in which a university at that time could have been established. It would be falsification of history if someone believes otherwise. The Mushawarat is also of the view that all doubts arisen out of apex court’s judgment in Aziz Basha case was clarified by the Parliament of India in AMU (Amendment) Act, 1981. In the light of the above fact the Mushawarat urges upon the Central Govt. to endorse AMU’s historical and minority character and appeals all political parties’ to support the cause.
On Budget Allocation
The All IndiaMuslim Majlis Mushawarat demands increase in allocation of funds in social sector,rural development and other welfare schemes. It also demands increase in fund for schemes, launched by the government for socio-economic uplift of minorities, weaker sections of the society and underprivileged. AIMMM has summarized its demand as follows:-
1. The Union Ministry of Finance should significantly step up budget outlays in 2016-17 for all programmes / schemes related to social sector
2. Allocation for education and health sectors should be increased from 3.4 percent to 6 percent and 0.9 percent to 3 percent of the GDP.
3. Addressing shortage of vacancies in health sector:
4. Free medicines and diagnostics at all public health facilities:
5. Budget allocation and timely fund release for the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA):
6. Budgetary allocations and unit costs of scholarships need to be enhanced:
7. The procedure for applications of scholarship needs to be simplified.
8. Greater Transparency in the financial and physical progress in schemes under the MSDP and PM’s 15-Point Programme:
9. Allocating budgets for creation and maintenance of a National Data Bank for Minorities:
10. Establishment of Equal Opportunity Commission
On Enemy Property Ordinance
The AIMMM resolved as follows:
1. The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance 2016 promulgated by the Government of India is ultra vires and violative of the Constitution of India. The Government has furnished no reason whatsoever for retrospectively amending the Enemy Property Act, 1968 nearly 50 years after its original enactment and that too, by way of an Ordinance which is an emergency law making power.
2. The Ordinance sets a very dangerous precedent in creating a sub-class of Indian citizens by denying the right of inheritance to those Indians citizens whose immediate families may have migrated to Pakistan or other nations termed as enemy nations. The overwhelming majority of these Indian citizens are minorities who have been guaranteed equality before law by our constitution.
3. The promulgation of the Ordinance is a matter of significant concern not just to the minorities in this country but also undermines the Constitutional goals of securing equality and fraternity amongst all Indian citizens.
4. The Ordinance brands and stigmatises these as “enemies” or complicit with the citizen of an “enemy country” and punishes Indian citizens who chose to remain citizens of India for the action of those who chose to migrate to Pakistan.
5. It undermines and subverts the judicial status of the Hon’ble High Courts and the Supreme Court of India by denying Indian citizens recourse to courts of law and arbitrarily and unjustly attempts to undo the rule of law by usurping the powers of the judiciary. The Ordinance seeks to set at naught decisions rendered by courts, including the Supreme Court of India, in a wholly arbitrary manner.
6. The AIMM therefore respectfully urges the Government of India, in the interest of safeguarding the constitutional rights of all Indian citizens, to withdraw this Ordinance and to reverse any steps taken under its clauses.
7. The AIMM takes note of various complaints of arbitrariness and corruption leveled against the office of the Custodian of Enemy Properties and petitions the Government of India to constitute a Committee to scrutinize the functioning of the Custodian of Enemy Properties and to examine how the Ordinance which erodes the rights of Indian citizens and is patently against the provisions of the Indian Constitution, was possible in the first place.
On Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP)
The Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) and the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) were introduced in 1974-75 and 1979-80 respectively as umbrella strategy to direct plan resources across Centre and the States at least in proportion to the population of the SC (16.2%) and ST (8.2%) communities for their development and welfare. This was to overcome the development gaps and continuing inequalities between the SC and ST communities and other dominant sections of society. All Ministries and departments at the centre and state are required to allocate and utilize the funds along specified guidelines. This is also recognized as the most important strategy for social and financial inclusion that is being highlighted by the governments.
Budget analysis by various bodies has consistently reported the non-allocation by many ministries, poor allocation, poor implementation and mis-utilisation under these policies consistently. Even the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has reported underutilization of funds, diversion of funds and deficit financial management in the implementation of the SCSP and TSP (CAG Report 14 of 2007: Performance Audit on Educational Development of Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes). An important loophole in the implementation is that only a small portion of the allocated funds are used for direct benefit to the community (individual, family or habitation) and the large portion of the funds are used for support to institutions or general schemes.
AIMMM is of the opinion that:
1. The ministry in the budget designed for 2016-17 needs to set aside budgetary allocations proportionate to 16.6% for SCs and 8.6% for ST population under SCSP-TSP. The SCSP-TSP plan outlay, at the current projection of an Annual Plan Outlay of Rs. Cr. 5 Lakhs, it would need to mandatorily allocate approximately over Rs 80,000 Crs for SCs and Rs 40,000 Crs for Tribals. This would ensure inclusion of SC and ST communities in economic growth and development.
2. Funds meant exclusively for the welfare of SCs should not be used for other purposes/sectors. Several instances have come to light in quite a few states where SCSP/TSP funds have been diverted for other purposes such as expenditure on the construction of roads, bridges, stadiums, buildings and other state-owned assets like hospitals, flyovers and engineering colleges. Neither are these state owned assets designed for the development and benefit of the community nor do they level the playing field.
3. To have Systems in place for participation of SC and ST communities in planning and implementation, and measures of accountability and transparency, and provision of penalties for negligence.
4. This population proportion based resource allocations for SCs and STs needs to be on based on gender equity, hence earmarking 50% share for SC/ST women and girls.
5. A central legislation is recommended clearly spelling out the duties and responsibilities of the Union and State Governments regarding budgetary allocation under SCSP and TSP. Through this legislation policies under SCSP-TSP need to clearly define the purpose of reporting under the said legislation and, transparency and accountability of allocation made under SCSP-TSP. Allocation of outlays, criteria of eligibility for schemes and programmes, should also be clearly spelt out in the legislation
6. A separate unit should be created within Niti Ayog with powers to review, monitor and direct the concerned Ministries or Departments to ensure effective implementation of the SCSP TSP۔
On Hostilities in Islamic World
The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat is of strong opinion that the current discourse of divide in the Islamic world on sectarian lines is not only dangerous but catastrophic. Islam is a religion that teaches fraternity and peaceful co-existence. Hence the differences should be resolved through negotiations by sitting across the table without resorting to violent means. The AIMMM urges the OIC to immediately convene an emergent OIC summit and proactively work on ending the emerging differences between some Muslim countries, specially between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
On Russian threat to Saudi Arabia
The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat has noted with utmost concern the provocative statements made by Russia threatening Muslim countries particularly Saudi Arabia. While condemning such irresponsible statements, the Mushawarat urges Russia to refrain from such irresponsible behavior that may lead to emergence of dangerous situation in the West Asia in general and Middle East in particular.