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Assam Government’s practice of running Madrassas to end today?

GUWAHATI: Assam Health, Finance, and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today confirmed that he will introduce a Bill to repeal the Provincialisation of Madrassas in the State during the ongoing Winter Session of the Assam Assembly, which will pave the way for their transformation into regular institutions.

“Today I shall introduce a Bill to repeal Provincialisation of Madrassa. Once the Bill is passed, the practice of running Madrassa by the Government in Assam will come to an end, a practice which was started by Muslim League govt in pre-Independence Assam,” Sarma wrote in a tweet ahead of the commencement of the 3-Day Assembly Session in Dispur.

Earlier in the month, Biswa Sarma said that the state government has decided to make ‘education secular’ and 198 high madrasas and 542 other madrasas in the state will operate as any other general educational institute and will not give admission to students for theological studies.

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The Cabinet has also approved the proposal to close down government-run madrassas and Sanskrit tols (schools).

Meanwhile, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), which has 14 MLAs, has condemned the move, and pledged that Madrassas

All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) supremo Maulana Badaruddin Ajmal promised that if voted to power, he will ensure that all Madrasas across Assam will be reopened. This is the decision that he will take in the very first meeting after his government is formed.

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