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Madarsa aid okayed in cabinet

Ranchi, Dec. 14: The state cabinet today decided in-principle to provide grants to unaided madarsas across Jharkhand, fulfilling a longstanding demand of the minority community championed, among others, by minister Haji Hussain Ansari.

Jharkhand has 590 madarsas, most of them in Santhal Pargana, but only around 40 receive grants.

In order to ensure that the decision was implemented in all the madarsas, the cabinet resolved to relax a clause that prevented sanctioning of grants to madarsas that weren’t built on land owned by it.

SPT Act prohibits sale of tribal land to others and hence no plot has been transferred to the madarsas of the region.

Today, the cabinet decided to relax the “own land clause” in providing grants to madarsas.

On honorarium of para-teachers, it decided to form a committee led by chief secretary R.S. Sharma.

The committee, which will also include members from the Union HRD ministry and Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC), would decide on the quantum of hike later.

Para-teachers, about 75,000 of them, are engaged in 40,000 primary and middle schools across Jharkhand under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), a joint initiative of the Centre and state, with the aim to spread elementary education.

While the Centre contributes about 65 per cent, the state chips in with the rest for SSA, whose implementing agency is JEPC.

In another decision, the Cabinet also okayed rules related to the functioning of civic bodies across the state.