Only 237 madrassas granted recognition in West Bengal

Although West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had promised to recognise 10,000 madrassas, only 237 have been recognised so far, claimed All Bengal Minority Council general secretary Muhammad Kamruzzaman here on Thursday.

About 2,000 madrassas were still waiting to be granted recognition as State-government aided educational institutions, he said, adding that madrassas which have not yet been recognised are not entitled to get mid-day meals, students’ uniforms, infrastructural grants, MPLAD funds, etc.

During the day the representatives of the organisation along with those teaching in the unrecognised madrassas held a rally from Aliah Madrassa campus and organised a pubic meeting at Rani Rashmoni Avenue.

Later in the day, a representative team of the Council met State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim at the State secretariat Nabanna and submitted a memorandum.

“In these three years [since the All India Trinamool Congress government came to power], only 237 madrassas have been recognised. The remaining madrassas have only received a notification informing them that they will be functioning as unaided educational organisations,” Mr. Kamruzzaman said.

This development comes at a time when an unrecognised madrassas at Simulia in Bardhamn district has come under the scanner of National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly doubling up as training centre of jihadi activity in connection with the October 2 blast at Bardhaman town.

Meanwhile, the representatives were assured by Mr Hakim that he would arrange for a meeting with the State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee within a week.

Earlier this year, madrassas teachers from across the State went on a hunger strike protesting against non-payment of their wages.

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