By Muslim Mirror Staff
The Uttar Pradesh cabinet, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, approved the reclamation of land and a building leased to the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust in Rampur. The move to take back the property allocated to the trust, intended to host the Murtaza Higher Secondary School, has raised concerns about the impact on the education of Muslim children in the region.
Navaid Hamid, former president of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), strongly criticized the decision, suggesting it is part of a broader agenda to deprive Muslim students of educational opportunities. He asserted that this decision follows a trend of “Hate Politics” that he believes is hindering the educational empowerment initiatives set in motion by Azam Khan, a prominent politician in the region.
یو پی کابینہ کا محمد علی جوہر ٹرسٹ رامپور سے الاٹ کی گئی زمین واپس لینے کا فیصلہ افسوسناک اور مسلم بچوں کو تعلیم سے
محروم کرنے کے نفرت انگیز ایجنڈے کا حصہ ہے
یہ فیصلہ اعظم خان کے مسلمانوں کو تعلیمی
میدان میں بااختیار بنانےکی مہم کےدروازے بند کرنے کی مخالفت کا یہ سرکاری آرڈر ہے pic.twitter.com/m61UZvjhqK
— Navaid Hamid نوید حامد (@navaidhamid) October 31, 2023
The controversy revolves around the government’s assertion that the terms of the 30-year lease agreement between the Secondary Education Department and the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust were not met.
The Yogi Adityanath government has chosen to revoke the lease and reclaim the property, marking a significant and contentious policy shift. The trust had been granted the land at a nominal rate of Rs 100 per year during the tenure of the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in 2007.
On Tuesday, Finance Minister Suresh Khanna said that the District Magistrate of Rampur had formed a four-member inquiry committee to investigate potential violations of the lease agreement. Following an examination and a report submitted to the government, the decision was made to take back the property. Consequently, the ownership of the land, spanning 41,181 square feet, has been transferred to the State Government’s Secondary Education Department.
In 2007, during the SP regime, the Murtaza Higher Secondary School, Rampur, which housed the offices of the District School Inspector and Basic Education Officer, was leased to the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust for a period of 30 years.