Is the Kerala government appointing minority promoters in a disproportionate manner?
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has shown that the minority promoters are not being appointed in their natural proportion in Kerala. The RTI reply indicates that there is large deviation in the appointment of Christians as minority promoters by the Department for Minority Welfare.
The data provided in the RTI reply shows that the state government has appointed a total of 903 minority promoters in 14 districts out of which 760 are Muslims while 143 belong to Christian community.
The applicant has alleged that the appointments are against the spirit of the Government Order, Public administration (minority welfare) department issued in this regard which says that the number of promoters has to be in accordance to the ratio of their population. As per the government order, the number of promoters from Christian community should have been 440.
The Government Order proposes to appoint 1,000 minority promoters who would be entitled to get Rs. 4,000/- as honorarium every month. Any basic education qualification for a promoter is tenth class pass.