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Muslims disappointed over inadequate funds for education

Muslims are disappointed as their demand to hike budgetary allocation for education has not been addressed in the present budget. Of the total budget allocated for education, Muslims earlier had demanded 20 percent share in the Budget for educational upliftment of Muslims.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia in January 2011 had promised Abdul Rahim Mujaddidi, P A Inamdar, Mohammed Hashim, MS Pathan to give priority to Muslim education in the budget. UPA-1 created a separate ministry for the Minorities to address their overall concerns. But the way it has functioned over the years and the budgetary allocation for it has been questioned by many for one reason or the other. Muslim leaders over the years have been demanding special attention to Muslim education in the budget.

Upon the advice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the planning commission met Muslim educationists to know their view points. Kamal Farooqui, member Personal Law Board said that budget in terms of minorities was not along expected lines and it said nothing about the development of Madrasa education. Maulana Arshad Madani of JUH hailed 12 percent increase in the budget for Muslims but raised doubts over its use and implementation. The budgetary allocation for the minority ministry this time is Rs 2,886 crore.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 18

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