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Five-fold jump in madarsa allocation

New Delhi, July 10: The Narendra Modi government today allocated Rs 100 crore for modernising madarsa education, a five-fold increase from last year’s outlay for the scheme announced by the erstwhile UPA government.

Some Muslim leaders, however, questioned the BJP-led government’s silence on several other minority welfare schemes implemented by the UPA. Finance minister Arun Jaitley did not mention these in his budget speech today.

Jaitley said the upgrading of madarsas would facilitate minority education as it would augment and strengthen infrastructure in minority institutions and expand facilities for children.

“It is very disappointing as the government has not given minorities their due in the budget. They have completely ignored minorities,” said Masoom Moradabadi, the editor of Urdu daily Jadid Khabar and an All-India Muslim Personal Law Board member.

Zafarul Islam Khan, who heads the All India Majlis-e-Mushawarat, an umbrella organisation of seven Muslim organisations, said the Rs 100-crore outlay for madarsa upgradation was a joke.

“If they are so concerned about minority welfare, then why is the government silent on other major welfare schemes which were implemented by the previous government? This budget has nothing for minorities and the Rs 100 crore for madarsa upgrade is just a gimmick and meaningless,” Khan said.

In 2008, the UPA had announced several welfare schemes for minorities, especially Muslims, following the Sachar Committee report that said their condition was worse than Scheduled Castes.