Saharanpur (UP): Clerics at Deoband have questioned Uttar Pradesh government’s recent decision of not giving grants to new madrasas in the state. Deoband is home to one of the largest Islamic seminaries in the country.
Seeking a reply from the government as to why it has taken this decision, Maulana Qari Ishaq Gora, patron of Jamiat Dawat-ul Muslameen, asked if the government did not have the budget or if such a decision only applied to madrasas.
Another Deoband-based cleric, Maulana Asad Qasmi, also sought government’s clarification on the decision.
He demanded that the government should build schools and colleges in Muslim-dominated areas.
Qasmi asserted that though they don’t need government grants but claimed that this decision reflected government thinking. FPJ reported.
It must be recalled that on May 18, Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Minority Welfare, Danish Azad Ansari had announced that the madrasas currently receiving government grants will continue to get it, but no new beneficiary will be included in the list.