do not fall under the ambit of RTE Act: Centre
Even as the Muslim clerics protested the Right to
Education (RTE) vis-ŕ-vis Madrasa education, the Union Human
Resource Development Ministry July 29 clarified that Madrasas are
protected under Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution, and
Terming the Centre's assurance
of keeping madrasas out of the ambit of Right to Education as
misleading, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has
announced to continue with its campaign against inclusion of
madarsas in the Act.
"The government recently gave a
statement that madarsas and other religious institutions will not
be covered under RTE Act which is misleading," members of AIMPLB
Zafaryab Jilani said.
He said that while on one hand it
has been said in the act that madarsas would be excluded, in the
other section it has been stated that these institutions would be
covered under definition of schools mentioned in the law.
"This is completely contradictory,"
He alleged, on one hand the Centre is
claiming that there would be no effect of the law on madarsas, on
the other notices of closure were being send to institutions
failing to make arrangements as per the norms of the Act.
Union HRD Ministry in a statement had recently said that madarsas and
religious institutions have been kept out of the ambit of RTE Act
after Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband announced to launch a
campaign against the law.
Jilani said that the board would resume
its campaign, which was suspended due to Ramzan, against inclusion
of Madarsas under RTE from September month.
"A meeting of board's working
committee would be held in October or November in which future
strategy on the issue would be chalked out," Jilani said.