Assam Assembly passes Bill to repeal Provincialisation of Madrassas in State

Guwahati: The Bill to repeal Provincialisation of Madrassas in the state of Assam has been passed by State Assembly in the 3-day Winter Session on Wednesday.

All Madrassas, being run under government stands will now be converted into regular educational institutes from April 1, 2021.

Notably, the Bill proposes to abolish two existing acts -- The Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act, 1995 and The Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of Services of Employees and Re-Organisation of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act, 2018.

Informing about the matter, State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter saying, “Glad that the Bill pertaining to repeal of Provincialisation of Madrassas has been passed, even as @INCAssam and @AIUDFOfficial expectedly staged a walkout in Assembly. All Madrassas, being run under government stands converted into regular educational institute wef April 1, 2021.”

Earlier, AIUDF legislators walked out of the Assam Assembly on Monday over the Government’s decision to shut down Madrassa in the state.

The leaders of the AIUDF as they walked out of the session demanded the withdrawal of the bill saying, “India is a secular nation and there are no differences between a school and the ‘Madrassa’. The State Government is trying to taking political mileage by using the Arabic wording ‘Madrassa’ and polarize the vote ahead of the assembly elections."

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