'Fake' madrasas costing Uttar Pradesh government Rs 100 crore annually: Minister

The minority welfare minister said the state government was mulling to frame a law to keep a tab on the appointment and removal of madrasa teachers.

Published: 09th March 2018 03:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th March 2018 03:15 PM   |  A+A-

A madrasa (Image for representation only)

By PTI

LUCKNOW: 'Fake' madrasas costing the state exchequer over Rs 100 crore per year have been detected by the Uttar Pradesh government during its drive to register such minority institutions online.

"Online registration of madrasas was started in the state in a bid to bring in transparency in their functioning. But even after increasing the deadline for the same a number of times, 20 mini ITIs (run by madrasas) out of a total of 140 mini ITIs failed to register themselves. Over 2,000 madrasas in the state also failed to join the government's online registration drive. A grant of Rs 100 crore is given to such minority institutions by the state government every year," state Minority Welfare Minister Lakshmi Narain Chowdhury told PTI.

"It seems these madrasas are fake and are run only on papers. We are probing the matter further," he said.

There are 19,213 madrasas recognised by the State Madrasa Board in Uttar Pradesh.

Of these only 17,000 madrasas have submitted their information on the website of the board, the minister said.

Chowdhary said the aim of the state government with the drive is to ensure proper education system in the the madrasas, where there is no exploitation of teachers and staff, and the scholarship is directly transferred to the accounts of students.

He said the state government was also mulling to frame a law to keep a tab on the appointment and removal of madrasa teachers.

The state minister said many discrepancies came to the fore after the online registration of the minority institutions.

"It was found that name of a teacher was used by many madrasas. How can a teacher teach at the same time in a number of madrasas," he said, adding only genuine madrasas would now be allowed to run in the state.

A senior government official said a majority of 'fake' madrasas were covered under the madrasa modernisation scheme under which teachers are given honorarium by the government to teach subjects like Mathematics, Science, Hindi and English.

"Under the scheme, graduates with BEd degrees are given Rs 8,000, while post graduates with BEd degrees are given Rs 15000. It is suspected that fake madrasas were misusing the same to earn money," the officer said.

A total of 8,171 madrasas are at present covered under the scheme.

 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp