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Ensure RTE not binding on minority institutes: LJP to govt

With several Muslim organisations apprehending that certain provisions of the RTE Act "militate" against the rights of minorities.

New Delhi: With several Muslim organisations
apprehending that certain provisions of the Right to Education
Act "militate" against the rights of minorities, the LJP
has urged the Centre to ensure that the legislation does not
become binding on institutions catering to these communities.

In this context, a delegation of the party led by its
chief Ram Vilas Paswan met HRD Minister Kapil Sibal yesterday
evening and held a "detailed discussion" with him, LJP
secretary general Abdul Khaliq said in a statement.

During the meeting, the party delegation urged Sibal
to ensure that minorities continue enjoying their rights and
privilege guaranteed under the Constitution even after the
enactment of the RTE Act, he said.

"During the discussion, it was pointed out that since
the educational rights of the minorities, under article 30(1)
of the Constitution, were statutory, any provisions of the RTE
act could not take away any of the rights as guarantee in the
Article," Khaliq said.

"...therefore, provision of the RTE should not in any way
affect the rights and privilege of the minorities to establish
and administer educational institutions of their choice and so
the act should not be binding on a madrasa or any minority
education institutions," he demanded.

Several Muslim organisations have been expressing their
"reservations and apprehensions" on the Act and are demanding
amendments in it "so as to exclude minority institutions and
madrasas from its preview," the LJP leader said.

He was of the opinion that, "These organisations fear
that certain provisions of the Act militate against the right
of the minorities in the constitution under article 30(1)."

Khalique claimed that Sibal assured the LJP delegation
that "statutory educational powers of the minorities under
article 30(1) shall remain protected and provision of RTE
shall not take away any of those rights."

"He (Minister) also said that in case minorities had any
apprehensions, doubts or confusions... those shall be
clarified in the rules that were to be framed under the Act,"
he added.

Besides him, leaders of several Muslim organisations were
part of the LJP delegation, Khaliq said.


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