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15 August 2012

Prime Minister assures of positive effort for early provision of fund for AMU Kishanganj

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By Manzar Imam

New Delhi: Calling the establishment of a center of Aligarh Muslim University at Kishanganj, Bihar inevitable Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Sigh assured to take appropriate steps for early provision of fund for the Centre. The PM was talking to a delegation of Members of Parliament, Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council led by Member of Parliament from Kishanganj Bihar, Maulana Mohammad Asrarul Haque Qasmi. The PM was apprised of the situation arising out of delay in budgetary allocations. Attention of the PM was drawn to the growing resentment and anger among people of Bihar towards the Central Government because of inordinate delay in granting fund for AMU Centre Kishanganj for which the State Government of Bihar had provided 224.04 acres of land seven months ago.

The delegation warned the PM of mass protest and dharna if fund was provided immediately. He was also reminded of the announcement of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi during their Kishanganj visit that the Central Government would provide fund immediately after Bihar Government provided land to the university. But, even after seven months of land having been provided no budgetary provisions were made causing uneasiness among the people. 

"I will speak to Sibal over the issue of funds release for the Kishanganj centre of AMU," the PM told the delegation which met him in the Parliament on 13 August. The meeting lasted 15 minutes, Congress MP from Kishanganj, Mohammad Asrarul Haque said.

A memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister. It stated that “It is unfortunate that even after seven months following the land given to AMU by the State Government of Bihar, no budget has been allocated for the AMU Centre, Kishanganj by the Central Government.” The memorandum warned that any more delay might cause further resentment and backfire against the Central Government resulting into loss of trust.

The memorandum bearing signatures of the 10 delegate members demanded a) a moderate budget of 25 crore rupees, b) starting of two courses of law and management and c) re-launching a mass movement if the demands were not made.

The delegation led by Maulana Qasmi included Congress MP Husain Dalwai, NCP MP Tariq Anwar, Congress MLAs Ghulam Rabbai and Dr. Md. Jawaid, Forward Block and RJD MLAs Ali Imran Ramz and Akhtarul Imaan respectively, MLCs Ghulam Gaus and Tanweer Hassan and AICC member Dr Shakeel Ahmad Khan. 

It should be remembered that a huge mass dharna was organized in Kishanganj on 12 October 2011 following which the Bihar Government had provided 224.04 acres of land to AMU and an agreement between the State Government administration and AMU authorizes was signed on 30th December. Despite promises made by the Gandhis to get a Central fund for the Kishanganj Centre, no budgetary provisions have been made so far. This is causing resentment among the people of Bihar, especially Purnea Division which does not have a single central or state university and whose literacy rate is half the national literacy rate.

[Manzar Imam, a Delhi-based Journalist, is Special Correspondent of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be reached at manzarkhalil@gmail.com]

1 comment:

  1. Read more about the meeting at http://www.kishanganjbihar.com/2012/08/amu-kishanganj-delegation-of.html

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