President minorities’ wing of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Sindh chapter, Dr Sham Sunder Advani, has urged the government to take steps in order to implement the jobs quota reserved for the religious minorities in Pakistan.
On Friday, April 20 Dr. Sham Sunder called on the Governor of Sindh. During his meeting with Governor Muhammad Zubair at the Governor House, he said that he will talk to the concerned authorities concerning implementation of the jobs quota system for the minorities.
PML-N lawmaker said that implementation on the quota system for minorities in government jobs will be helpful in redressing their issues. This step will help marginalized people from minorities’ communities to raise their living standards. He said that the minorities have been playing vital role in the progress of the country.
Back in May 2009, the federal cabinet approved a fixed job quota for non-Muslims largely owing to the tireless efforts of then Federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti (late) till death. Nevertheless, government departments and ministries have a trifling number of non-Muslim staffers despite the fact that several years have passed.
On May 26, 2009 the government officially notified that five percent of jobs in the federal government services will be reserved for the minorities under the quota system. This notification was issued by the Establishment Division, as was notified that five percent jobs were reserved for the minorities, with immediate effect.
This quota system for the minorities was to be observed in accordance with the Article 260 (3) (b) of the Constitution of Pakistan. Under this quota system minorities candidates are to be directly recruited, at all posts in the federal government services, including the CSS. Minorities’ candidates are eligible to apply under jobs quota system in addition to their participation in open merit.