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Muslim Commission working to empower community: Ansari

By Amarendra Yadav

ansariKathmandu, June 19: Chairperson of the Muslim Commission Samim Miya Ansari said on Tuesday that the Commission would work for the uplift, development and empowerment of the Muslim community.

Talking to The Rising Nepal, chairman Ansari said that it would continuously work for further rights and dignity of the religious minority.Ansari was appointed chair of the Commission on March 21 after the parliamentary hearing. He had assumed his office on the same day. Stating that the Muslim community was backward economically, socially and politically, Ansari stated that education for the community was the main priority of the Commission.“Muslim community is very backward in education. So, the commission has prioritised education for all Muslims,” he said.It had launched educational awakening programme, said Ansari, adding that it would provide scholarship to the poor Muslim students in a limited number. “We will also recommend the government to concentrate its focus on the education of the Muslims,” he added.According to him, the Commission was preparing to distribute educational materials to the poor Muslim students enrolling the government schools and Madrasas.He further said that preparation classes were conducted by the Public Service Commission for Muslim students aspiring to be non-gazetted officers and section officers. “Muslims are minimal in Nepal’s bureaucracy. We want an increment in our representation in the bureaucracy. Therefore, the Commission has recently run preparation classes of the Public Service Commission examinations for the Muslim candidates who want to be non-gazetted officers and section officers in near future,” Ansari stated.Stating that the participation of the students in the preparation classes were encouraging from across the country, he said that the Commission was planning to conduct such classes at the state level.He informed that it would also work for increasing social awareness in the Muslim community since the community was suffering from social anomalies like dowry system, polygamy and gender violence.According to him, the Commission has recently convened deliberation programme in Itahari of State 1, Janakpur of State 2, Kathmandu of State 3 and Nepalgunj of State 5 for soliciting suggestions and grievances from the social and religious leaders of the community.“The Commission will submit a concise report of such grievances and suggestions to the government after holding such discussion programme in Gandaki State,” Ansari added.Stating that the founding of the Commission was a hope of ray for the community, he said that its establishment was ensured in the new Constitution due to a peaceful struggle launched by Nepal Muslim Struggle Alliance under his leadership before the promulgation of the constitution.“We are happy that the Constitution has ensured Muslim Commission and a separate cluster for political and administrative representation,” he stated.Ansari, however, said that they were demanding special rights like Dalits and Women so that at least one seat would be reserved for the Muslims at ward level of the local bodies. 

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