NCBC seeks clarification from Karnataka chief secretary on reservation policy for Muslims

12:23 PM Apr 25, 2024 | PTI |

The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) would be summoning the Karnataka chief secretary over the ”blanket reservation” given to the Muslim community in the state, chairperson Hansraj Ahir said on Thursday. The NCBC has criticised the Karnataka government’s decision to categorise the entire Muslim community as a backward caste for reservation purposes saying such blanket categorisation undermines the principles of social justice.


”All castes/communities of Muslim religion in Karnataka are considered socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and are categorised as Muslim Caste separately under Category IIB in the State List of Backward Classes,” NCBC chairperson Ahir said. ”This classification enables them to receive reservation in educational institution admissions and in appointments to posts and vacancies in the services of the State, as per Articles 15(4) and 16(4) of the Constitution of India,” he said.

The NCBC has emphasised that while there are indeed underprivileged and historically marginalised sections within the Muslim community, treating the entire religion as backward overlooks the diversity and complexities within Muslim society.

Ahir said the response received from the state government on the matter has not been satisfactory and he would be summoning the Karnataka chief secretary to give an explanation over the move.

According to the data submitted by the Karnataka Backward Classes Welfare Department, all castes and communities within the Muslim religion have been enlisted as socially and educationally backward classes under Category IIB in the State List of Backward Classes.


The commission, during a field visit last year, examined Karnataka’s reservation policy for OBCs in educational institutions and government jobs.

While Karnataka provides 32 per cent reservation to backward classes in local body elections, including Muslims, the NCBC stressed the need for a nuanced approach that accounts for the diversity within these communities.

According to the 2011 Census, Muslims constitute 12.92 per cent of the population in Karnataka.


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