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Breaking: Assam madrassas to now function as general institutions

GUWAHATI: The Assam Repealing Act 2020, which seeks to withdraw funding from state-run Assam madrassas, received the assent of Governor Jagadish Mukhi. From now onwards, all the government-run madrassas will run as general education institutions.

Taking to Twitter earlier today, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote, “Glad that The Assam Repealing Act 2020 has received the assent of Hon Governor & has come into effect. Madrassa Edu Provincialisation Act, 1995 and Assam Madrassa Education Act, 2018 stand repealed. All govt Madrassas will run as general education institutions.”

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The Assam government last December introduced a Bill in the 126-member Assembly to convert the State-run madrasas into general educational institutes. The ARA was passed in the state assembly last month, despite vehement opposition from opposition parties.

After witnessing a noisy scene, the Bill was passed with a majority. Members of all alliance partners of the BJP the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) — supported the government move.

As per the Bill, all madrasas will be converted to upper primary, high and higher secondary schools with effect from April 1 next year with no change of status, pay, allowances and service conditions of the teaching and non- teaching staff.

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