Assam Education and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said the the state government will soon shut down the state run Madrasas and Sanskrit schools in the coming days. While addressing in a press statement minister added that state cannot allow teaching religious education with public money.
Sarma said that this policy was bring as the government could not allow imparting religious education with public money as it to be. “Government cannot afford public funds to teach religious scripts”, Sarma replied.
Minister also mentioned that “We have nothing to say about privately run Madrasas and Sanskrit tols”
Lastly he also added that “in this regard a formal notice will be release in November”
After closing down the madrasa school, 48 contractual teachers are likely to be shifted to under the Education Department.
After the government announcement, AIUDF Chief Badruddin Ajmal give a strong statement. He said that this is a clear political trick. Even if BJP shut down govt run-madrasas schools, his party itself would re-open them after coming to power in next Assembly election.
Lok Sabha member Ajmal said that- “We will re-open them even if the government forcefully shut-down govt run madrasas schools”
There are 614 government-aided recognized madrasas in Assam — 57 for girls, three for boys, and 554 co-educational, with 17 of them Urdu medium. There are nearly 1,000 recognized Sanskrit tols, of which around 100 are government-aided.
The state government spends about Rs 3-4 crore on madrasas and about Rs 1 crore on Sanskrit tols in the state annually.