The government has extended, by four months, the term of the Rajindar Sachar high-level committee set up to study the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community in the country.
The committee has now been given time upto October 31 to present its report, it was officially announced on Monday.
The committee, chaired by Justice Sachar, was to prepare a comprehensive report on the issue. It was given 15 months to finalise and present its report. When contacted, Justice Sachar said he had sought more time to collect information from the states, some of which were taking a long period in responding to the letter written by the committee.
He said there would be no preliminary or interim reports and the final one will be presented to the Government by October 31. The extension has been sought as he did not want to give a 'half-baked' report, Justice Sachar said, adding, "I will not be asking for any further extension."