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Why paying pension to madrasa teachers: Kerala HC asks state

The court also asked the state to clarify whether it has made any contribution to the Kerala Madrasa Teachers’ Welfare Fund.

Published: 02nd June 2021 04:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2021 04:37 AM   |  A+A-

Kerala High Court

Kerala High Court (File Photo| A Sanesh, EPS)

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Why the state government is financing a religious activity, the High Court on Tuesday asked while considering a petition against the former’s decision to provide pension to madrasa teachers in the state. The court also asked the state to clarify whether it has made any contribution to the Kerala Madrasa Teachers’ Welfare Fund.

A division bench comprising Justice A Muhamed Mustaque and Justice Kauser Edappagath issued the order on the petition filed by Manoj, secretary of Citizen Organisation for Democracy, Equality, Tranquility and Secularism, seeking to quash the Kerala Madrasa Teachers’ Welfare Fund Act, 2019, which is passed for disbursing pension and other benefits to madrasa teachers. 

C Rajendran, counsel for the petitioner, said from the reading of the Act, it is quite clear that these madrasas are imparting knowledge only about the Quran and other textbooks pertaining to Islam. The pumping of huge amounts of money for the said purposes is unconstitutional and against the principles of secularism enshrined in the Constitution.

The bench observed madrasas in Kerala are different from those being run in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal which have been imparting secular as well as religious education. “In Kerala, these are involved purely in a religious activity. What is the purpose of contributing funds by the state for a religious activity?,” it asked.

The petitioner said the government is contributing money to the scheme. The welfare fund is mainly for the payment of a fixed amount and pension to a member who has completed 60 years and has remitted contribution for not less than five years.



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  • Sankaramani

    Muslim votes are important. Let this secular govt extend the same benefit to Hindu temple priest also.secular means appease minorities and abuse majority. First of all ,who can be classified as minority?40 % population is Muslims and still they are called minorities. Politicians are making a mockery of our constitution authored by our great man Dr. Ambedkar.
    2 months ago reply
  • Verma

    same question needs to be asked by the courts to the governments of Rajasthan, maharashtra and above all Delhi
    2 months ago reply
  • Achuthan

    I agree with this question. Government should not be in the business of religion.
    2 months ago reply
  • V S NEBU

    Both Ldf and Udf pleasing minority religions for their selfishness. This must lead to communal harmony in Kerala.
    2 months ago reply
  • Kodoth Prabhakaran nair

    The present LDF government has harvested huge electoral benefits by such acts
    2 months ago reply
  • Yodha

    what was the state's reply?
    2 months ago reply
  • Argh

    State-recognized Madrassa boards have just two papers of Arabic and Islamic studies. For the rest of 80% syllabus is similar to state education boards. There is no difference in syllabus. Teachers who teach in those madrassas are government teachers since they teach secular subjects like math, English, science, social studies etc. Why shouldn't they get government salaries and benefits?
    2 months ago reply
  • EaswaraIyer Ramachandran

    the parties are doing favours to certain sections of community for appeasement politics this should be stoped
    2 months ago reply
  • Jayakrishnan K

    atlast some important questions being asked.
    2 months ago reply
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