Madarsa teachers in a tight spot

MADARSA TEACHERS are not getting their salary, after the High Court had issued an order staying the grant to 67 madrasas. The HC issued the order following a petition filed by the other groups of madarsas that did not get the grants. Madarsa Teachers Association convened a meeting in Lucknow on Monday to finalise the future course of action. Principal of the madarsas Darul Uloom Husainia Nazre Alam said that teachers of 67 Arabic madarsas which were given grant by the State Government were not getting their salary for the last four months.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 00:05 IST

MADARSA TEACHERS are not getting their salary, after the High Court had issued an order staying the grant to 67 madrasas.

The HC issued the order following a petition filed by the other groups of madarsas that did not get the grants.

Madarsa Teachers Association convened a meeting in Lucknow on Monday to finalise the future course of action. Principal of the madarsas Darul Uloom Husainia Nazre Alam said that teachers of 67 Arabic madarsas which were given grant by the State Government were not getting their salary for the last four months. This has posed a serious problem before the madarsa management.

Around 24 madarsas of Gorakhpur, Basti and Azamgarh divisions were included in the list of 67 madarsas that were given grants. He said two madarsas of Gorakhpur, four of Kushinagar, three of Maharajganj, one from Deoria, five from Mau, three from Siddharth Nagar, two from Basti and five from Azamgarh were brought on the list of aid recently. Madarsa teachers had praised Mulayam Singh Yadav-led government for granting aid to 67 madrasas.

Sources said that Minority Welfare Minister and the top officials included the names of the madarsas run by their close relatives in the list of granted madarsas, deleting the names of some genuine madarsas which were in queue for the grant for the last ten years.

The then Deve Gowda-led government had started modernising the madarsas and 132 madarsas were selected for grant. In the first phase, 65 madarsas were given aid by the State Government and remaining 67 were in the waiting list.

when the SP came to power, the Madarsas Association mounted pressure on the government to sanction grant for the remaining 67 madarsas.

Sources said that slight changes were made in the list of selected madarsas for grant and the names of a few madarsas were deleted. The managing committee of the madarsas that were deprived of the benefit filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court that stopped the the grant four month earlier.Nazre Alam said that Arabic Madarsas Teachers’ Association appealed to the government to appear in the court to pave the way to cancel the stay order but government kept mum on the issue.

First Published: Jun 12, 2006 00:05 IST