CM Yogi Adityanath overturns Akhilesh-era policy, no grants for new madrasas in Uttar Pradesh

According to the official figures, there are total of 16,461 madrasas in UP. Of these, 558 madrassas are being given grants by the government.

According to the official figures, there are total of 16,461 madrasas in UP. Of these, 558 madrassas are being given grants by the government.

Amid the ongoing row over making national anthem mandatory in madrasas in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has accepted the state cabinet’s proposal to exclude new madrasas in the state from the grant list, reported news agency ANI. 

According to the official figures, there are total of 16,461 madrasas in UP. Of these, 558 madrassas are being given grants by the government.

The decision to exclude new madrasas from the grant list was taken by the state cabinet on May 17, which was accepted by the government. Last month, the state government had ordered investigation into the state madrasas under the madrasa modernisation scheme.

The decision to exclude new madrasas from the grant list, which might set off a new political rucks, comes amid the ongoing row over the UP government’s decision making national anthem mandatory before classes in all recognised, aided and non-aided madrassas.

Following the UP government’s footsteps, the BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka are also considering making national anthem mandatory in madrasas.

Last year, the Uttar Pradesh government allocated Rs 479 crore under the madrasa modernisation scheme in the state budget 2021-22. The decision was welcomed by the madrasa board which said that it would help in imparting quality education to students, especially when it comes to subjects like Maths, English, Hindi, Science and Home Science. 

The erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in the state had approved a policy to bring 146 madrasas that had been registered as of 2003 to be brought on the grants list and around 100 had also been brought under the ambit. There were disagreements reported within the government over bringing the remaining 46 recognised madrasas on the grants list and the matter has been pending in court. However, the Yogi Adityanath government today decided that the government will not provide grants to these remaining 46 madrasas and overturned the decision by the earlier government to bring new madrasas on the grants list.           

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