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Budget 2014: BJP's budget sweetner for Indian Muslims: Special package for Madarsas; Community reactions
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government presented its first Union budget today. Finance minister Arun Jaitley in a bid to modernise madarasa education system, set aside a special package of Rs.100 crore in the budget for the fiscal year 2014-15. How are Indian muslims reacting to the move?

We reached out to Muslim religious leaders, social activists to know what they think about the allocated fund of Rs. 100 cr for madarsa modernisation.

Maulana Yasoob Abbas, Spokesperson for Shia Personal Law Board

Maulana Yasoob AbbasThis is really very good move of the govt to bring modernization in madrassas without disturbing its actual stature. The proposed modernisation will enbale Muslim kids to get successful in their career.

Noorjehan Safia Niaz, President, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA)

Noorjehan Safia NiazThis move will bless Muslim kids with vocational training and better schools. But I feel, Rs 100 crores isn't enough for this. Govt should better plan to bring modernization at urban and rural both level. According to Sachar Committee, about 4 per cent Muslim kids go to Madrassas and rest 90 per cent prefer to go to normal schools. One should make provisions that kids who go to Madrassas get the same good education and environment as the students of normal schools get.

Dr. Nisar-Ul-Haq, Social Science Professor at Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi

Nisar-Ul-HuqIt very good to know that government is doing something for a particular community. It is need of the hour in India that Madarssas get modernized and a modern education is given there. Not only religious education but also modern education should be provided at the madarssas and if govt is serious about it then I think it is very good and we welcome this move.

Surprisingly there were also religious leaders like Maulana Arshad Madani, with in the Muslim community, who opposed such modernisation funds for the madarssas while saying that such donations are required by only those madarssas that are being run as a business, but not by those madarssas which purely offer religious education.

"There are madarassas whose only aim is to worship the almighty only and there are some madarassas who are doing business in the name of giving education. At such madrassas students are taught Geography and other subjects and they are run for business purpose only. Such madarassas can take govt fund and we have no problem in it. But we don't like the government to interfere in the matters which involve the almighty. There are many Islamic governments around the world, we don't take funds even from them. It is because we believe that whatever government gives, it takes back also in some or other other form. There is no interference of government in madarassas where we teach about Islam only, that the sanity of the religion could be maintained. We don't need any fund for our madarssas as there are fulfilling the aim even without it," said Madani

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