Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has urged the Telangana government to extend the benefits under the Dalit Bandhu Scheme to the Muslims who are in abject poverty.
Quoting statistics of the backwardness of Muslims in Telangana from a new report, the AIMIM leader said that the Scheme must include at least the bottom 1-2 percent of Muslims for a similar benefit.
Speaking to NDTV, Owaisi said that Muslims are under-represented in government jobs and are backward on a lot of other parameters such as urban housing.
Owaisi’s demand is likely to be resisted by the BJP. There will also be debates about an issue like this one. “Demand for parity in welfare measures on the basis of poverty and socio-economic status instead of religion and caste will eventually have big political implications across the country,” opined senior journalist Uma Sudhir, commenting on Owaisi’s proposal.