As the three-day winter session of the Assam Legislative Assembly begins on Monday, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that he will introduce a Bill to repeal the provincialisation of Madrassa in the state legislative assembly. The three-day winter session of the Assam Legislative Assembly will begin from today.

“Today, I shall introduce a Bill to repeal provincialisation of Madrassa. Once the Bill is passed, the practice of running Madrassa by the Assam government will come to an end, a practice which was started by the Muslim League government in pre-Independence Assam,” Himanta Biswa Sarma told news agency ANI.

 

Assam Education Minister Sarma had said there were 610 state-run madrassas across Assam and the government had been spending Rs 260 crore annually for these institutes. He had also said the State Madrassa Education Board, Assam would be dissolved.

“The State Madrassa Education Board will be dissolved from the date of declaration of results of examinations to be held for the 2021-22 academic year, and all records, bank accounts, and staff will be transferred to the Board of Secondary Education, Assam,” the minister while addressing a press conference.

Earlier on December 13, the state cabinet had approved a proposal to close down all government-run madrassas and Sanskrit tols (schools). Speaking on the matter, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said, “Existing laws related to madrassas and Sanskrit tols will be repealed. A bill will be introduced in the next session of the Assembly.”

There will not be any fresh admission to madrassa educational institutions in courses prescribed by the State Madrassa Board from April 1, 2021.

 

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