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Application seeking implementation of minorities’ quota in Sindh Assembly filed

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Pakistan People’s Party’s MPA files an application seeking implementation of minorities’ quota in Sindh Assembly’s secretariat. MPA Surender Valasai who comes from Hindu community has requested Speaker of Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani to make sure that five per cent of positions vacant in the assembly’s secretariat are filled by candidates from religious minorities.

Religious minorities quota in Sindh

In 2015, Sindh government had reserved a five per cent job for members of the minorities’ communities. In this regard, a resolution was passed on February 3, 2015, by then house of the Sindh Assembly. The house unanimously passed a resolution on reserving a five per cent jobs quota for minorities.

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PML-Functional MPA Nand Kumar Goklani had moved this resolution. The resolution stated:“This House resolves that the Provincial Government ensure implementation of 5% quota reserved for minorities in employment in government jobs in the province.”

Three days later the Sindh Assembly secretary issued a circular to the concerned officials of the Sindh government, for the implementation of the resolution. Sindh chief secretary, the Sindh government’s secretary for Services, General Administration, and Coordination Department, and the Sindh government Secretary for Minorities’ Affairs Department received copies of the circular.

MPA Goklani, who is again part of Sindh Assembly on a reserved seat, talking to media said that more than three years have passed and the resolution passed by the Sindh Assembly has not been implemented. He said that that in previous tenure the ruling party Pakistan People’s Party had issued orders to ensure quota for minorities in government jobs, so far there is no evident implementation.

PML-F MPA Gokhlani said: “Once it is implemented by PPP’s own government in Sindh, then we could expect from the federal government to ensure its implementation.” He said that this issue was raised several times with the last Sindh Assembly calling the house’s attention to this issue.