Demand for Ashram shalas in Muslim areas too

Mumbai: Husain Dalwai, Congress member of the Legislative Council of Maharashtra demanded in the House that government-run Asharam shalas should be opened in Muslim populated localities also, so that Muslim children also could benefit from these shalas and get the facilities of free meals and accommodation. He said that the Maharashtra government has allocated crores of rupees for these shalas but its benefits are derived by only one particular section of society because in these shalas the medium of education is Marathi only. Hence he demanded that Urdu also should be included in the syllabus of these shalas so that Muslim children also could seek admission in these shalas and acquire education. Husain Dalwai said that though these shalas are basically meant for Dalit and Aadivaasi children who are mostly poor and backward, Muslims too are poor and backward as is obvious from Sachar Committee’s report. Such shalas should be opened for Muslim children where, alongwith normal education, religious education may also be imparted to them. Speaking about Equal Opportunities Commission and other organisations he demanded that Muslims should also be appointed in the interview Boards for interviewing candidates for jobs in all government departments so that Muslim candidates, who face discrimination because of communal bias, in jobs in government offices should not face any difficulty.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 19

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