NEW DELHI — A delegation of Student Islamic Organization (SIO) led by its national President Labeed Shafi met political leaders from different parties demanding to include in their manifesto the reservation for minorities, the complete implementation of Right to Education (RTE), Rehabilitation programs for the framed innocent Muslim youth in terror cases and law against lynching.
The delegation met with Prof M V Rajeev Gowda (Convener, Parliamentary Manifesto Committee 2019 Indian National Congress, D Raja (Member of Parliament, CPI), E T Basheer (Member of Parliament, IUML) and B Vinod Kumar (TRS floor leader, Lok Sabha). SIO delegation also presented them Students’ Manifesto which the organization prepared on the basis of the recommendations given by different groups of the society and individuals.
Talking to Caravan Daily about the meeting with known political leaders, Mr Labeed Shafi said, “We discussed with the leaders on a number of issues including reservations for minorities, unlawful arresting of Muslim youth and the implementation of Right to Education. They duly expressed their approval to the demands and shared our concerns. They promised they would thoroughly look into that and would do whatever is possible. They also assured us to try to include our demands into their manifesto.”
“We also discussed with them the situation of joblessness and unemployment among youth. The unemployment is high among youth. On the other hand, there are a lot of vacancies in the government departments that are not being filled up. We also talked to them about the lynching incidents and rehabilitation programs for the youth who have been arrested and acquitted after spending 20 years in the jail”, SIO leader informed.
Mr Labeed Shafi further told, “We got a very positive response from the leaders we met and they showed their interest in these issues. As they were seeking recommendations and suggestions for their manifesto from various groups, they were happy to note that they are getting such recommendations from a Muslim group too”.
Furthermore, the SIO delegation also highlighted the issues of AMU off-campus centres in Minority Concentrated districts with special attention to the educational infrastructure of underdeveloped minority concentrated districts; equal opportunities commission in higher education institutions; and Joint Parliamentary Committee to implement the RTE thoroughly.