Finance minister Arun Jaitley has given an additional Rs 100 crore for the modernisation of madrasas in the union Budget.
He also announced a skill upgradation programme aimed at preserving the rich traditional arts and crafts of the minorities.
“An additional amount of Rs 100 crore for modernisation of madrasas has been provided to the department of school education,” Jaitley said in the budget speech.
He has also announced a programme for the upgradation of skills and training in ancestral arts of the minorities. This will be called Upgradation of Traditional Skills in Arts, Resources and Goods. The minister said this is aimed at preserving the traditional arts and crafts which he termed a ‘rich heritage’.
However, the budget did not make the president of the Indian Union Muslim League E Ahmed, a former minister in the UPA, happy. According to him, the government hasn’t given the minorities their due in the budget. “As far as minorities are concerned, it is very disappointing. Minorities are also living in this country but the budget has completely ignored them”.