Jharkhand serious about demand for govt grants to madrasas

The demand for grant-in-aid for 592 Madrasas will be looked into soon, Jharkhand HRD Minister Baijanth Ram informed the state assembly.

Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 20:45 PM IST

Ranchi: The demand for grant-in-aid for
592 Madrasas will be looked into soon, Jharkhand HRD Minister
Baijanth Ram on Wednesday informed the state assembly.

"We are very concerned about giving grants to the
madrasas. But they need to fulfill certain norms for
eligibility for (government) grants," HRD Minister Baijnath
Ram said.

Stating that steps in the direction would be taken
soon, the minister said he would ensure Madrasas fulfilling
all norms.

Ram was replying to ruling JMM MLA Akil Akhtar`s
demand for grants to the madrasas - pending since the creation
of the state a decade ago - through the calling attention
motion.
In all 592 out of the 3,000 madrasas came under
Jharkhand after the state was carved out of Bihar.

To another query from JMM MLA Jaganath Mahto on
additional 11 lakh BPL families not getting all benefits as
per the provision, Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto said
it was because of the Centre not approving them yet.

"The state government is giving 20 kg rice at the rate
Rs one to the additional 11 lakh families after they were
enlisted in the BPL category. In so far alloting houses under
Indira Awas and other benefits as per BPL category, the
central government`s approval is necessary," Mahto said.
Soon after the BJP/JMM/AJSU government took over reins
in September last year, the regime added the additional
families to the already existing BPL list following two
successive years of drought.

Even though, Mahto added, red cards were issued in
2008, beneficiaries had not been getting grains as Centre`s
nod was still awaited.

Food Processing Minister Mathura Prasad Mahto assured
the house that distribution of all BPL cards to the target
group would be completed by April/May.

PTI