Muslim health workers angry over racial profiling

Jaipur, Dec 13: The Muslim employees, working in the health department of Rajasthan government, have expressed anger at the seeking of only their details.
The Alp-sankhayak Adhikari Karamchari Mahasangh, have expressed concern over the order, issued by joint director of the health department and circulated on November 30, 2017, by the directorate of medical health and family planning, Jaipur, seeking information about Muslim employees working in health department from all 33 districts, including at the sub-district level.

They want to know the rationale of the state and central behind such a move and why is it being done? They also said that this has created a fear psychosis amongst the minority employees.
They are also demanding that at least one member from the Minority community should be on the panel of several selection committees, which is not there in Rajasthan.

All chief medical health officers (CMHO) in the state have been asked to give a head count of Muslim employees working in the state’s health centres at different posts. Doctors are exempt.

The state government claims the order was issued as part of its implementation of the Sachar Committee’s recommendations. Commissioned in 2005 by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Sachar Committee prepared a detailed report on the socio-economic status of Muslims across the country. The 403-page report showed the low educational and economic status of Muslims besides the community’s poor representation in government and other public services.

The Centrea had recently asked every state to collect details of employees from the minority community so that welfare schemes, as per the Sachar Committee’s recommendations, can be implemented”.
Along with the circular, a proforma is enclosed which has to be filled by each Muslim employee. Apart from name and other details, information about family and date of retirement are among the questions in the proforma.

The order has raised concerns of racial profiling among the state’s Muslim employees.

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