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Assam to stop Friday holidays for govt-run madrassas

Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said there is no law in India that recognises Friday as a holiday

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Children being taught at a Pratham learning camp in Bhadohi
Representative image of children being taught at a learning camp

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

However, the 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 in a week for madrassas, the minister said that as the teachers get salary for working on Fridays from the government, they cannot, on their own, give unrecognised and unscheduled going against government sanctions.

The state government would soon issue an order for the 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 Sunday holiday, they could give a representation to the effect to the state government, which will forward it to the for action," Sarma told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting on Tuesday.

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

At a press meet in Guwahati on Monday, 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 government about a Friday holiday. We are not against any religion. We are only enforcing the law".

First Published: Tue, November 29 2016. 15:46 IST