At a time when BJP’s Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj is raising questions on the education imparted by the madrasas, Uttar Pradesh cabinet headed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday decided to award teachers of Arabic-Persian madrasas with State Teacher’s Award.
To be given every year, the award will recognise three teachers each from three different levels — “Tehtaniya” (equivalent to Vth standard), “Faukaniya” (VIIIth) and “Aliya” (Xth) — in madrasas across the state. The prize money will be Rs 10,000 along with silver-coated medal and a shawl.
The cabinet also gave approval to the proposal for not only funding the travel from the place of their posting to the place of receiving award but also to give 4000 km free travel in the UPSRTC buses for the entire award year. In another significant decision taken on Tuesday, UP cabinet approved proposed ordinance seeking amendment in Uttar Pradesh Gangster and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act, 1986, as well as Uttar Pradesh Control of Goonda Act, 1970.
The proposed amendment would add new sub-clauses in the two Acts for organised crimes like money laundering, human trafficking, fake currency, fake medicines, manufacturing of illegal weapons, illegal mining and even cow slaughter.
While 10 new sub-clauses have been proposed under Gangster Act, four new sub-clauses have been proposed in the Goonda Act to cover these crimes. Getting poor response towards Women Entrepreneurs Promotion scheme, UP cabinet also gave approval to the proposal to reduce the basic education qualification for women entrepreneurs seeking help from the state government.
So far, the basic qualification required for the same was intermediate, which has now been reduced to high-school. The scheme was launched in 2013 with the state government receiving only 35 applications so far.