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Govt-run madrassas in Assam will not be allowed Friday holiday

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Government-run madrassas in Assamwill not be allowed to keep their institutions closed on Fridays and during the month of Ramzan as it is against rules, state Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said.

However, the madrassas in the state will be allowed one-hour break on Friday for prayers.

The minister said there is no in which recognises Friday as a holiday.

Making it clear that there cannot be two holidays in a week for madrassas, the minister said that as the teachers get salary for working on Fridays from the they cannot on their own give unrecognised and unscheduled holidays going against sanctions.

The state would soon issue an order for the madrassas to remain open on Fridays as per rules, Sarma said.

"This Friday holiday is not officially recognized. We will not allow the closure of madrassas on Fridays. We will make provisions for one hour break for jumma namaz' (Friday prayer) to be offered instead of a day's holiday for it as there is no official sanction for this".

"If the madrassas want a holiday on Friday besides Sundayholiday, they could give a representation to the effect to thestate which will forward it to the Central for action," Sarma told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting here today.

Observing that this trend was being observed especiallyin Lakhimpur, Nagaon and Morigaon districts, he said, "Fridayis neither an officially recognised holiday nor is it agovernment-scheduled holiday. Sunday is the government-scheduled holiday".

At a press meet here yesterday, the minister had said, "As far as I know, there is no in which recognises Friday as a holiday. No circular was also issued by the about a Friday holiday. We are not against any religion. We are only enforcing the law".

On former Congress minister Siddique Ahmed's comment thatthe minister's move was a "communally divisive agenda" and hisappeal to Muslims to boycott Sarma's public meetings, the minister said every religion in has -recognised scheduled holidays on days of religious significance.

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First Published: Tue, November 29 2016. 16:13 IST