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IN A MOVE TO WOO MUSLIM VOTERS, STATE WANTS 10% COPS TO BE MUSLIMS

muslim-votersTo raise the percentage of Muslims in the police force from from 4 to 10, the state minority department has introduced an ambitious pre-selection training programme that aims to train 3,500 youth from minorities sections. The state has allocated a fund of Rs 2.17 Crore for the two-month camps in all districts across the state. It has also proposed to hike the attendance allowance to Rs 2,000 per year for minority students in classes V to VII to decrease the dropout rate. According to the Sacchhar committee report released in 2006, nearly 5% constables in the police force are from the Muslim community, against its population share of 10.5 % in the state. The state government, of late, has been taking measures to increase the percentage of Muslims in government services by introducing Marathi in Urdu schools and appointing a DCP rank official at the recruitment centres for constables. The latest scheme is to train 100 candidates per district to facilitate selection in police recruitment. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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