Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar has asked the state to consider reservations for Muslims in government housing projects. While the minority community has welcomed the sensitive suggestion made by the NCP Chief, politics has already begun on the statement. This is Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar asking the state to consider reservations for Muslims in government housing projects. He was speaking during an event held in Mumbai. The very next day Minister of State for Housing Sachin Ahir said a plan is being formulated to make such reservations a reality and will be announced once the current session of the Legislature ends. Sharad Pawar, while suggesting the quota, was referring to the high rates as well as the discrimination faced by several Muslims while trying to buy a house. Among those who have alleged that they were denied houses because of their faith were former MP and actress Shabana Azmi and actors Saif Ali Khan and Aamir Ali. However this is not the first time a government constituent has demanded such reservations. In 2008, the Congress, which heads the ruling coalition, voiced a similar sentiment. Then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh spoke up at a function organized by the Ministry of Minority Welfare. However, no concrete decision was taken. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, of the Congress, heads the Housing Department, which needs to take a final decision. Ahir, his junior minister, is from the NCP. The Congress and NCP will need to work out how to proceed with the proposal. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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