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Maharashtra: Rs10-cr for madrassas’ facelift

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced major sops to modernise and upgrade ‘madrassas’ (Islamic seminaries) in the state.

The government has decided to allocate Rs 100 million (Rs10 crore) as financial assistance to the madrassas for various academic purposes in the current financial year,  chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said.

The move will benefit the 1,889 madrassas with a student population of around 200,000. Chavan said 200 of these madrassas will be selected for the grant this year with priority to those running for more than three years.

The madrassas must be registered either with the Wakf authority or the charity commissioner to avail the benefits.

The decision was sharply criticised by the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena which termed it an ‘appeasement of the minorities’.
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