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Azam threatens to quit

AFTER REBELLION by Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan has also threatened to resign on the issue of appointment of Urdu teachers. Khan is unhappy with the government over delay in appointment of these teachers.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 00:38 IST

AFTER REBELLION by Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan has also threatened to resign on the issue of appointment of Urdu teachers. Khan is unhappy with the government over delay in appointment of these teachers.

He said in Rampur on Saturday that he would not tolerate any further delay. While Qureshi had targeted the State Government over apathy towards problems of the minority community, Khan did not lag behind in taking up issues concerning the community. Khan, who shot off a letter to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on the issue, was quite upset.

The State Government had decided to recruit 5,000 Urdu teachers and the appointment exercise was to be conducted by the Department of Language under Basic Education Minister Kiran Pal Singh. Despite several reminders, the department has so far not taken any action. With time running out fast, Khan has mounted pressure on the government to expedite affairs.

While Khan was not available for comment, Arabi-Farsi Madarsa Board chairman Khalil Athar Asharfi, a close confidant of the minister, refused to comment on the issue.  

The minister, while addressing a gathering in Rampur on Saturday, said that he would not tolerate slackness on the part of the government in selection of teachers. Recruitment of Urdu teachers had not been done for the last three years.

The teachers were last appointed during the Mayawati regime. In order to keep the Muslim community in good humour, the chief minister had announced to open more avenues for Urdu teachers, but even after lapse of two years the proposal was gathering dust in the language department.

The minister also expressed his resentment over non- payment of salary to English, science and Hindi teachers in madarsas. The State Government could also not issue grants to 67 madarsas because of litigation.