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Madrasas probe reveals foreign funding of Rs 150 Crore: UP

Investigation of Uttar Pradesh Madrasas has revealed more than Rs 100 crore funding in just two years. Funding of Rs 150 crore was received in 108 madrasas across the state, of which only 80 madrassas received funding of Rs 100 crore. SIT investigation has also found evidence of foreign funding in madrassas on a large scale.

Madrasas of UP’s Bahraich, Siddharth Nagar, and Shravasti, as well as a dozen districts including Saharanpur, Deoband, Azamgarh, Moradabad, Rampur, and Aligarh, have found evidence of massive funding from Gulf countries.

SIT seeks Madrasa information from the central intelligence agency

SIT has now also sought the help of central intelligence agencies to investigate UP madrasas. Which is the organization sending the funding? From where was the money sent? How was the money sent? From which account was the amount sent? These are questions that SIT will try to find answers to. Apart from this, where was the money spent in the madrassa after getting the funding? Full receipt for expenses? Complete shopping bill? All will be under investigation. The connection between the number of children studying in madrassas and the funding received will also be investigated. ATS has also asked for complete details of funding.

Recognized madrassas will also be investigated

Last October, the Uttar Pradesh government constituted a three-member SIT comprising ADG, ATS, and officers of the Minority Welfare Department and ordered the investigation of the foreign funding of madrassas. So far, only unrecognized madrassas of the state were under investigation, but now the state government will get the recognized madrassas also investigated. It has been decided to investigate 4394 recognized madrassas. It will start with the investigation of 560 madrasas receiving government aid. The Minority Department has formed a committee of two members for this.

District Minority Welfare Officer and Divisional Deputy Directors have been instructed to provide the investigation report to the Registrar of the Board by December 30. The investigation included the star of recognition recorded in the issue of recognition certificates of Madrasas, number of sanctioned posts in Madrasas, educational qualification of teachers and non-teaching staff, number of classes and measurement as per standard, ratio of students relative to teachers, NCERT syllabus being run. These are some of the points that will be examined. The government has instructed the District Minority Welfare Officer and Divisional Deputy Directors to provide the investigation report to the Registrar of the Board by December 30.

The Chairman of UP Madrasa Education Board demanded to stop the investigation

The Chairman of UP Madrasa Education Board, Iftikhar Ahmed Jave,d has demanded that the investigation of madrasa be postponed. The Chairman of UP Madrasa Board has written a letter to Minority Welfare Minister Dharampal requesting the postponement of the inquiry of aided and recognized madrasas.

Iftikhar Ahmed Javed says that the functioning of the madrasa is affected by frequent investigations and surveys. He says that the investigation process can further delay the pending work. According to him, Madrasas’ investigation has become a ‘routine process’, and the Madrasas are facing severe problems due to repeated investigations. There is a disruption in teaching work and other activities.

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