Centre faces searching questions in HC on Sachar Committee

New Delhi, May 12 (PTI) The Centre today faced searching questions from the Delhi High Court on implementation of Sachar Committee recommendations for welfare of Muslims with a bench telling the government that “you are trying to please one community and “this is where the rot lies”.”You are trying to please one community. Poverty is the common enemy. You should fight against poverty rather than saying that you would fight against poverty for one community only. This is where the rot lies,” a two-member bench headed by Justice T S Thakur said.”You are saying that more money to be spent for one minority community. Should it not cut across the caste and religion? Does the Sachar committee say that facilities are available to other communities?” the bench, also comprising Justice Siddharth Mridul, said adding “such issues should not be decided on the basis of emotions”.The court was hearing a PIL, filed by Rashtriya Mukti Morcha, an NGO, alleging the committee report and government’s follow up action is unconstitutional.The Centre had appointed the Committee to look into socio-economic and educational status of minorities, including the Muslim community, in the country.The government, however, rejected the view that it was giving any special treatment to any community.”If out of five children, one is neglected then can it not be provided the special treatment?” Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra contended.The Bench, however, was not satisfied with the contention and observed “does it mean that drinking water facilities are available to the majority community and no person from it live in slums”. PTI
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