Govt proceeding with urgency on minority quota in private sector: Khursheed

Govt proceeding with urgency on minority quota in private sector: Khursheed
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First Published: Sun, Jun 21 2009. 03 51 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Jun 21 2009. 03 51 PM IST
New Delhi: The government will prefer a smooth process for reservation of jobs for minorities in the private sector rather than “thrusting it down anybody’s throat”, says minority affairs minister Salman Khursheed.
Refusing to go into issues like a deadline by which the minority reservation in private sector would become a reality, he said the government is proceeding with “as much urgency” as it can on the issue.
“People will have some doubts on reservation. But in democracy, you go towards anything with persuasion and talks. That will be done. We are talking but we do not want to thrust it down anybody’s throat,” Khursheed told PTI when asked about the vexed issue.
Asked about the time frame in which minority reservation in private sector could become a reality, he said, “This is a process. I can’t give a deadline on a process. All I can say is that we are proceeding with much urgency as we can.”
Khursheed, who is also minister for corporate affairs, felt the industry had a positive attitude on the issue and are not opposed to reservation.
“The responses that I got from the industry are quite encouraging,” he said when asked about the private sector’s response to the issue.
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First Published: Sun, Jun 21 2009. 03 51 PM IST