Guwahati: Assam government on Sunday approved a proposal to shutdown all state-run madrassas and Sanskrit tols. The legislation will be tabled in the state’s Winter Assembly Session.
According to reports, Assam Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that an act will be introduced for this and a bill will be tabled in the next assembly session, scheduled from December 28.
“A secular education system will be started in the state,” Patowary added.
Earlier in October, state education and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “As per our government’s policy we had announced earlier in the state Assembly that there should be no religious education with government’s funding.”
He added, “However, we have nothing to say about privately-run madrassas and Sanskrit tols (schools).”
There are 614 government-aided and recognised madrassas and about 900 private madrassas in Assam. The state spends Rs 260 crore annually for it.
On the other hand, there’re nearly 1,000 recognised Sanskrit tols, of which about 100 are government-aided.
There are 610 state-run madrassas in Assam and the state government has spent Rs 260 crore annually for it.
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