Where is HRD ministry's Rs 8.8 cr for madrasas?
More than Rs 8.86 crore sanctioned by Union HRD ministry to upgrade and provide modern education in Kashmir's 362 madrasas in the last three years is yet to reach these Islamic seminaries.Updated: Mar 01, 2012 19:10 IST
More than Rs 8.86 crore sanctioned by the Union ministry of human resources development to upgrade and provide modern education in Kashmir's 362 madrasas (Islamic seminaries) in the last three years are mysteriously missing and yet to reach to these Islamic centres.
"We neither applied for any grants nor received any till date. The figures released by the government naming our institutions is an attempt to defame us," said Ghulam Rasool Hami, spokesman of Mutahida Ulema Ahl-e-Sunaat, which governs more than 100 seminaries in the valley and Jammu regions.
The government on Thursday tabled a report in the state Assembly, claiming to have received Rs 8.86 crore under Centre-sponsored Scheme for Providing Quality Education (SPQEM) for madrasas.
"About 362 proposals were received through directorate of school education, both in Jammu and Kashmir regions. Around Rs 7 crore stands released after reverification of these madrasas," said state education minister Abdul Ghani Malik.
When the Hindustan Times contacted eight valley-based beneficiary madrasas mentioned in the government list, the caretakers and members refuted taking any money in the last three years.
"We have not taken a single penny," said Fayaz Ahmad, a member of Madrassa Hanfia Konibal Pampore in south Kashmir.
But the government report claims it has released Rs 2.16 lakh for salaries to three teachers imparting modern education in the last three years for Pampore seminary. "No, we do not impart modern education, but only Islamic studies here," said Ahmad.
All other eight seminaries have similar ground realities to share. "We demand an independent inquiry. Let the government reveal the names of persons who received the money and those officials who handed it over to them," said Hami.