Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has ordered reduction in number of Holidays from 92 to 86. Also, the government has ordered Madarsas to be shut on Hindu festivals but it includes a cut in Ramzan holidays.
The UP Madarsa Board has issued a new holiday calendar for 16461 Madarsas affiliated to the board in state. The order clarifies that Madarsas will now be closed on the occasion of Mahanavmi, Dussehra, Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Buddh Purnima and Mahavir Jayanti, while holiday for Eid-eMilad-un-Nabi has been increased from one to two days.
However the number of holidays for the month of Ramzan has been curtailed raising eyebrows of social workers and Muslim clerics and they are of view that government should have consulted with clerics before cutting down Ramzan holidays as it is the holy month of Muslims and is of great importance for them.
Well known Muslim cleric and scholar Sufiyan Nizami in a statement has said, “I request government to reconsider holiday calendar for Madarsas and increase the number of holidays for the month of Ramzan. The Madarsas which are affiliated to Madarsa Board should adhere by orders but there are many Madarsas which are not affiliated and they will definitely not accept curtailing of holidays for the holy month of Ramzan. Also, students should be taught about the festivals of Bakrid in RSS run Shishu Mandirs, as many have a misconception about the festival and that should be cleared.”