Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government of Yogi Adityanath has stopped grants for new madrasas in the state. In a Cabinet decision on May 17, the state government accepted the proposal to exclude new madrasas from the grant list, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.
In its budget 2021-22, the state government allocated Rs 479 crore under the madrasa modernisation scheme. According to reports, there are over 16,000 registered madrasas in the state out of which 558 are aided. Around 20 lakh students are enrolled in the madrasas across the state.
The decision to exclude new madrasas from the grant list comes nearly a week after the state government made singing of the national anthem mandatory.
Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Minority Affairs Danish Azad Ansari said that the state government wants the madrassa students to be ‘full of patriotism’. He said madarsa education is crucial for minorities and when the national anthem is sung, students would learn society’s values.
The minister said the state government was working for the upliftment of madarsa education. “Now Madarsa students study religious scriptures alongside math, science, and computer,” he said.
In an order, Uttar Pradesh Madrassa Education Board Registrar SN Pandey made the singing of the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ compulsory at all madrassas across UP. BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi welcomed the move saying this will ensure that a feeling of nationalism is inculcated in all the students of the madrasa.
In 2016, the Supreme Court made it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening a film. The people present in the hall were also required to stand during the anthem. However, two years later, the top court reversed its order saying this was no longer mandatory and that the Centre can formulate guidelines for this.
Source : Times Now News