Thursday, February 29, 2024

Madrassa survey is “mini-NRC” says Owaisi; The UP govt. responds and how

The Yogi Adityanath-led UP government is to survey a conduct of unrecognised madrassas. But the AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi thinks it is “mini-NRC.”

On Thursday, Owaisi condemned the move and termed it “harassment” of Muslims in the state. Owaisi asserted that anyone has a right to open a madrassa as per Article 30 of the Constitution.

So far, 560 madrassas in UP receive government grants. 

Owaisi remarked, “Why is the UP government conducting a survey? What does it have to do with it? Now you issue an order- don’t remain a Muslim, don’t read the Quran, not perform namaz. You want to do this. This is not a survey, but a mini-NRC.” 

“These madrassas helped India achieve Independence. Today, you are suspecting them? This is the homage you are paying to the freedom fighters coming from Madrassas who liberated India. This is the height of shamelessness,” he opined. 

Responding to Owaisi’s diatribe, former UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma clarified: “As far as madrassas are concerned, if any government has given the most amount of money for their modernization, it is the BJP government. We are making available computers and NCERT textbooks there. Along with religious education, modern education is being taught there,” However, Sharma said the state government won’t allow any institution to become a “den of anarchy.”

Earlier, UP’s minister of state for minority Danish Azad Ansari had his say. He said the survey was in accordance with the requirement of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The survey would begin on September 10 and would have the SDM, district minority welfare officer and basic education officer. They would submit their report to the District Magistrate of the area who would forward it to the government by October 30. The government action, thereafter, would follow. 

Ansari said, “There are 16,513 madrassas affiliated to the Madrassa board in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this, madrassas that are not affiliated to the Madrassa board are are also functioning in different districts. The government’s intention is that we should have information about the ground reality, i.e how many students are there, how many teachers are there, the situation of infrastructure, the course and curriculum and the manner in which salaries are paid. It is necessary for the government to know how many students are studying so that it can frame a policy keeping in mind these factors.”

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