UP cabinet accepts proposal to exclude new madrasas from subsidy list: report

NEW DELHI: In a significant development, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has accepted a proposal to exclude new madrasas from the list of subsidies, ANI said. This proposal was accepted at the UP cabinet meeting on May 17. The meeting was chaired by the Chief Minister and brought together all the senior cabinet ministers of the UP.

According to reports, the Yogi government has now closed all avenues for giving grants to new madrassas in the state. In 2016, the Yogi government abolished the policy implemented by the previous government led by Akhilesh Yadav to grant subsidies to madrasas.

At Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, a proposal presented by the state’s Minority Welfare Department was accepted by voice vote.

Based on this policy, the madrasa management used to go to court to get the grant released. The previous SP government led by Akhilesh Yadav implemented this policy to give grants to madrassas which were recognized until 2003.

Under this policy, about 100 madrasas have received grants from the Akhilesh government. However, not a single madrasa received a grant in the Yogi 1.0 government.

This all comes days after the Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe into the operation of madrasas across the state. The state government has ordered a physical examination of buildings, grounds, tenancies, teachers and students at madrasas across the state.

A committee was also announced to carry out the investigation after the government reportedly received complaints about fake madrasas in some districts of the state. There are over 7,000 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh.

According to the information received, the heads of education and development of the blocks have been responsible for carrying out the investigations.

Recently, the Yogi government has made the recitation of the national anthem compulsory in madrasas across the state. The ordinance will apply to all recognized madrassas, aided and unaided, the Madrasa Board of Education said in an ordinance.

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