50,000 Madrassa Teachers Across 16 States Not Paid By Centre For 2 Years

| December 25 , 2017 , 09:36 IST

More than 50,000 madrassa teachers in 16 states, including UP, Uttarakhand, MP and Jharkhand registered under the Centre's Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrassas (SPQEM) have not been paid the central component of their salaries for 2 years.

According to SPQEM, 75 percent to 80 percent of the salaries of madrassa teachers is to be paid by the Centre. Graduate teachers are to be paid Rs 6,000 per month while post-graduate are to receive Rs 12,000 per month.

SPQEM was introduced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2008-2009 to promote quality education at madrassas.

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President of Akhil Bharatiya Madrassa Adhunikikaran Shikshak Sangh (ABMASS) Muslim Raza Khan said that teachers in some state had not been paid for 3 years even.

"Half of the 18,000 madrassas in India are in UP, with around 25,000 teachers. Across 16 states, teachers have not received the central government component of their salaries for the second year now. In some states, they haven't been paid for three years. We plan a protest in Lucknow on January 8," Khan said.

"The Union ministry has been giving states various reasons for this situation, from non-submission of utilisation certificate by the states to not having Unified District Information System for Education code for these institutions," said Halim Khan, former member, CGIAC.