Agence India Press
Srinagar: President of Muhthidda Ulema Ahale Sunnat, Molvi Ghulam Rasool Hami (An amalgamation of religious parties) on Thursday demanded a probe against the alleged funding row of Madrassa’s.
He was speaking at a press conference here and said that there should be proper inquiry into the matter. Hami demanded that a probe should be carried out to reveal the name of madrassa’s which receive such grant.
Hami said that it is true that fake Darul Ulooms have ben provided Central Government grants through Education Department of J&K. however he made clear any involvement into the funding row.
“Karwan-i-Islami runs several madrassas in Jammu and Kashmir but we have never received a single penny from either the state or central government, he added.
However, he asserted that those Darul Ulooms that have drawn these amounts in scandals and fake manner are required to be booked under law. He also said that in-case drawl of Rs seven crore is true no hesitation should be made to take action against concerned persons and officials.
Hami also made it clear that it is the responsibility of government to conduct the full probe in the matter.
Pertinently, there were reports that the Centre was pushing crores of rupees to at least 372 Madrassas operating across Kashmir and Jammu regions of the state.
The disclosure was made by the Ministry of Human resource development department of school education and literacy in response to an RTI application filed by Mohammad Sadiq Paswal on November 2, this year. The official figures revealed that they had paid an amount of Rs519. 85 lakh annually.
Besides it, an amount of Rs 55.80 is spend annually on providing learning material, like books, magazines and other study material. On the establishment of libraries, Rs 186 lakh have been spent by the equal number of Madrassas. Rs 114.00 lakh are spent on science, computer lab and workshop at the cost of Rs one lakh for each. The issue sparked outrage among the Maulanas of different Madrassas operating across the state, most of them rejected that they were receiving any financial assistance from the Centre or the state government for imparting religious education.
The Maulanas also impressed upon the state and the central government to conduct probe into the matter.
The Minister for higher Education, Peerzada Sayeed on Saturday issued an order asking the Director School Education Srinagar/Jammu to verify the credibility of Madrassas getting funds from the Centre.
In order No. 692/CBU/2011 issued on December 9, the Education Minister has asked the DSEs to “to verify the authenticity of all 372 Madrassas which are recommended for seeking financial aid from Central Ministry under various financial aid schemes to various educational institutions.
“The names of madrassas which receive such grant must be revealed in public through an investigation,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also reiterated his stand on the liquor row sparked by Union Minister, Farooq Abdullah in which he had said cinemas should be reopened and advocated sale of liquor in the state to promote tourism.
“We will not allow any conspiracy to happen against the eighty percent Muslims of the Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir is a Muslim majority state and values here should be as per Islamic teachings,” We will fight for it, liquor should be banned as it is banned in Haryana and Gujarat,” he added.
“This is an unfortunate that some vested interests are advocating “un-Islamic” and “immoral activities”, which are part of the state policy against the Muslims,” he added.
Hami also warned that any act by the state which goes against the teachings of Islam will be resisted. (AIP News)
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