Assam Education Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma has rejected the request of Congress and AIUDF members to send the ‘Assam Cancellation Bill 2020’ to the standing committee for proper discussion.
The Assam Legislative Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill to abolish all government madrassas in the state and convert them into ordinary schools. Earlier, the opposition walked out of the house, rejecting the demand to send the bill to the standing committee. Assam Education Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma has rejected the request of Congress and AIUDF members to send the ‘Assam Cancellation Bill 2020’ to the standing committee for proper discussion. Later, Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami sought a vote on the bill. After making noise in the House, the bill was passed by voice vote. All the allies of the BJP – the Assam People’s Council and the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) supported the bill.
The bill proposes to repeal two existing laws – the Assam Madrasa Education (Territories) Act, 1995 and the Assam Madrasa Education (Region-Based Employees and Services Restructuring of Madrasa Education Institutes) Act-201 rep. Responding to objections from opposition members, Sarma said, “I feel that this will prove to be a gift for the minority community.” Children studying in madrasas will welcome this decision after 10 years. “According to the bill, from April 1 next year, all madrasas will be converted into upper primary, higher and higher secondary schools, but the status, salary, allowances and conditions of service of the staff working in them, both academic and non-academic, will not change.
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Opposition groups called for a boycott of the madrassas, saying it was a “polarization” in the state where elections would be held in March-April next year. Opposing Islamic fundamentalism is not anti-Islamic. Our government has done a lot for the development of the minority community. On Congress MLA Sharman Ali Ahmed’s suggestion to make madrasas a great center for learning Arabic, Urdu and English, Sarma said that currently 50,600 students are learning Arabic in ordinary schools and it will also be taught in converted madrasas. A total of 11 bills were passed in this session.
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