New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi demanding restoration of Arabic language in Civil Services exams and adequate steps to augment Muslim representation in the service.
"The recent decision by UPSC to exclude Arabic along with other foreign languages from the list of optional for Civil Services Main Examination has adversely affected candidates with Madrassa background of education," he said.
"UPA Government has always given sympathetic consideration for the Arabic language. Arabic language has to be treated at par with other Indian languages, in a country like India, which is being formally taught in many of the Universities in India at Pre-degree, Undergraduate and PG level," he said.
He argued that when UPA government has given special thrust on Madrassa education to bring it on a par with CBSE and other State Education Boards, exclusion of Arabic language from the list of optional for Civil Services Main Examination, would affect candidates with Madrassa education background.
He strongly recommended that the decision to exclude Arabic from the list may be reconsidered sympathetically.
The minister also spoke about the category-wise interview for Civil Services Examinations.
He alleged that for candidates belonging to OBC, SC/ST, it always caused denial of justice and fair play.
Demanding more representation in the civil services for Muslims, he said, "It is an undisputed fact that percentage of Muslims out of candidates selected in UPSC Civil Services examinations is abysmally poor and it is always around two per cent only. Adequate steps need to be taken to augment this poor representation."