The decision of the Union Cabinet to provide 5 per cent reservation for minorities within the OBC quota of 27 per cent in jobs is most inadequate. It does not reflect the main recommendation of the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission Report.

The UPA government has taken this step which smacks of tokenism and has been resorted to keeping the Uttar Pradesh elections in view.

The CPI(M) reiterates its demand that the recommendation of the Ranganath Mishra Commission Report to provide for 10 per cent reservation for Muslims and 5 per cent for other minorities based on the socially and economically backward criteria be implemented. To enable this, necessary Constitutional amendment should be undertaken.