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01 September 2011

Jamiat Ulema threatens Anna type agitation, government condones punishment to NCMEI

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IMO News Service


The threat of the president of Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind Arshad Madni to launch an agitation at Ramlila Ground on the pattern of Anna Hazare clicked and before any call for the protest could be made public, the central government released the pending grant of National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI). 


The funds of the commission were blocked by the nodal ministry just after its granting minority status to the central university Jamia Millia Islamia which was seen offending by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The ministry sanctioned the grant, which was pending for the last two months, to the NCMEI after the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh intervened in the matter.


NCMEI is a “quasi-judicial” commission which is bestowed with the powers and responsibilities of a Civil Court. The commission grants affiliation to minority educational institutions if the concerning bodies fail to do justice to them and found dally nailing on unacceptable pretexts. The NCMEI also has powers to suggest and recommend the Central government or the state governments on issues related to minority education or deprivation of the rights of the minorities in matters pertaining to education.


For the first time in seven years, the HRD Ministry has delayed the financial assistance to the NCMEI for the second quarter of the year. This delayed the payment of salaries to its employees. This has been seen by many as a punishment to the commission for its affiliation to Jamia Milllia Islamia as a minority university.


The union minster of state for agriculture and food processing Harish Rawat happened to meet Maulana Arshad Madni during Ramadan seeking his support to the government in Anna Hazare’s fast unto death on which the latter retorted that his own organization was going to launch a similar movement against the state-sponsored vendetta of minority educational institutions and those who support their cause, such the NCMEI. Rawat appraised the PM about his feeling and the apprehension of impeding complication for the government on which Dr Singh resolved to intervene.


The NCMEI Chairman Justice (Retired) MSA Siddiqui called on the Prime Minister on 31 August apprised him of the bottleneck being faced by the NCMEI. Consequently, the quarterly grant from the concerning ministry has been released yesterday to the commission.


It has become evident from many instances that the government, particularly the Ministry of Human Resource Development, is not prepared to allow the university a minority status. This is vindicated by the fact that not only the ministry preferred to intimidate the commission by delaying payments of its regular funds but also by not responding to the Supreme Court as regards the government stand on the issue of affiliation of Jamia Millia Islamia as a minority institution. An appeal is pending in the apex court against the Delhi High Court’s refusal to stay the NCMEI’s order of granting the institution a minority status a few months back, under the article 30(1) of the Indian Constitution which allows minorities to run education institutions of their choice.

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