In a controversial yet major decision, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday stopped funds to 46 madrassas. Sources said that the government had received complaints that many madrassas had only been running on paper.
According to a Minority Welfare Department official, the action followed a probe which suggested that these madrassas were not functioning within the parameters defined for them.
Grant-in-aid of 46 madrassas under the Uttar Pradesh Board of Madrassa Education, amounting to over Rs 2 crore, has been discontinued by the state government for more than four months.
“A committee comprising district magistrate, district minority officer, and basic education officer sought details from all 560 madrassas in April and funding of 46 madrassas was stopped after infrastructural lapses were found. It will now be a policy decision whether or not they are given a chance for compliance so that government funding may resume,” said the board’s registrar, Rahul Gupta.
He added that some of these madrassas were found running in rooms smaller or larger than prescribed limits while some were running in verandahs.
The board has asked all the Madrassas to submit the details of classrooms, number of teachers, their Aadhaar card numbers and account details on its web portal by 15th September to ensure transparency in their functioning.
A total of 560 madrassas in the state get government subsidy. Each institution has an average of 17 teachers who are paid as per the seventh pay commission.