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‘Loopholes in RTE deprive minorities of education’

Nearly one lakh Muslims from the city took part in a public meeting organised by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday to announce the resolutions passed during its 22nd general convention.

mumbai Updated: Apr 23, 2012 00:58 IST
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Nearly one lakh Muslims from the city took part in a public meeting organised by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday to announce the resolutions passed during its 22nd general convention.

The board has passed resolutions pertaining to four constitutional bills — the Right To Education Act, Waqf Amendment Bill, Direct Taxes Code bill, which seeks to tax religious trusts and donations made to them, and the Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act in Uttar Pradesh — in its convention that began on Friday.

“The Right To Education Act dilutes the provisions given in Articles 29 and 30 of the Constitution that permits minorities to set up and run their institutions. Though we welcome the Supreme Court’s validation of the act that exempts unaided private institutions from reserving 25% seats for the economically weak, there are several loopholes in the act that deprives minorities from imparting education to their children,” said Abdul Rahim Qureshi, spokesperson, AIMPLB.

The board also condemned the codification of the Muslim Personal Law by stating that government’s intervention would affect the community’s sentiments. “We will not tolerate any form of interference. We work as per the provisions of the Quran, which are unchallengeable,” said Ibrahim Khalil Abedi, secretary, reception committee, AIMPLB.