Congress, other groups lash out at Sarma’s statement on madrasas, tols

Prime News, National (Guwahati), Feb 13:- The opposition Congress and other organisations including those from the Muslim community on Thursday lashed out against Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s statement that the state-run madrasas and Sanskrit tols (centres of learning) would be closed down.

State Congress chief Ripun Bora dismissed Biswa Sarma’s views as “personal”, but warned that if the government took any decision officially, his party would oppose it in the court of law.

“This is totally undemocratic, unconstitutional. It is Biswa Sarma’s personal view because the cabinet has not taken any decision. He has deliberately made the remarks to create confusion, and divert the attention of the people from the real issues,” Bora told IANS.

Sarma on Wednesday said the state-run madrasas and Sanskrit tols would be wound up within the next three to four months and the teachers would get their salaries sitting at home till they reach the age of retirement. He said there were 1,200 madrasas and 200 Sanskrit tols run by the state government, and they would be converted into high and higher secondary schools and give lessons on regular courses.

“It is not the government’s obligation to provide funds to institutions to teach religious courses, Arabic or any such language.”

The minister, however, said the government has no problem with the private madrasas and Sanskrit tols which can be there, but “we will ensure they operate within a regulatory framework by introducing a new law”. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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