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‘Shut Unauthorised Madrassas Or Pay Rs 10000 Fine Per Day’: UP Government

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Agra: Days after the Uttar Pradesh government formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate foreign funds in state madrassas, an investigation has begun in Muzaffarnagar district against seminaries ‘run without proper registration or recognition’.

According to reports, notices have gone to madrassa managers for ‘documents required’ and the district administration said it has found over 100 madrassas being run without proper papers in Muzaffarnagar district alone. Of these, 12 seminaries were sent a notice that ‘Rs 10,000 per day would be charged unless they close immediately’.

Muzaffarnagar’s Basic Shiksha Adhikari, Shubham Shukla, in conversation with media on Monday, “Notices were issued by the block education officer…Muzaffarnagar’s minority department informed us there are over 100 madrassas without proper documentation. We are asking them to register, and the procedure of recognition of a school or a madrassa is not that complicated or difficult.”

Chairman of UP Board of Madrassa Education, Iftikhar Ahmed Javed said, “No one, including the education department, has the right to interfere in madrassa matters. Only minority department can do it. Madrassas are not like ordinary schools. Hence, rules, penalty or fine for schools cannot be applied to seminaries. In fact, in 1995, madrassas were separated from schools’ rules and regulations.”

Meanwhile, UP secretary of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, Qari Zakir Husain said that madrassas were being pulled up by the education department through ‘unlawful’ notices. He added, “These notices in Muzaffarnagar are meant to target a particular community. Their rule does not apply to Islamic seminaries, schools or other religious institutions. Several madrassas received such notices and were directed to produce documents in three to five days. Those who fail to produce details will be slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 per day. How could this be possible?”

Earlier, Darul Uloom Deoband’s Rabta Madaris-e-Islamia, a committee that supervises madrassas affiliated with Darul (one of the largest seminaries in the country), held a meeting and mentioned that the ‘issue of investigation of 4,000 state madrassas by the government was inappropriate’. There are around 25,000 madrassas in UP and over 16,500 are recognised by the UP Board of Madrassa Education.

source by : Times Now

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