Paloli says the scheme did not take off well

Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty on Thursday said the government would rework the welfare scheme for madrasa teachers.

Briefing the media after a meeting with representatives of minority community organisations here, the Minister said the welfare scheme introduced by the government based on recommendations of the Paloli committee did not takeoff well as the scheme involved interest from banks, which was un-Islamic and unacceptable to a large segment of madrasa teachers.

Mr. Kutty said though there were more than 50,000 madrasa teachers across the State, only less than 1,000 registered for the scheme so far. “We will have to think about a scheme that does not involve interest and make it acceptable to all,” said the Minister.

Pointing out that this could possibly be done by keeping away the banks from dealing with this account, Mr. Kutty said the government would, however, come out with a solution soon.The Minister said the meeting, to review implementation of the Paloli committee report, unanimously passed a resolution praising the government for implementing most of the recommendations.

The meeting urged the government to ensure the quota due to the minority communities in PSC appointments besides guaranteeing due representation for them in the education sector. The meeting urged the government to take steps for increasing the popularity of Arabic language.

Industry Minister Elamaram Karim, who was presented at the meeting, said more than 50 persons representing organisations such as the Jama-ete-Islami, Sunni Yuvajana Sangam, Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, Muslim Education Society, Neduvathul Mujahidheen and the Muslim Service Society attended the meeting.

  • Scheme involved interest from banks, which is un-Islamic
  • Less than 1,000 teachers registered for the scheme