Kozhikode: The state government would soon consider forming a governing body for the welfare fund for the madrasa teachers, said the minister for local self-governments and welfare of minorities K.T. Jaleel here on Sunday. The minister was distributing the interest-free loans to the selected madrassa teachers. A total of 100 madrasa teachers received interest-free housing loans from the Kerala State Minorities Development and Finance Corporation for the first time.
The next phase of credit distribution will be held this year itself considering the huge number of applicants, said its chairman A.P. Abdul Wahab. The commission has received more than 6,00 applications.“Madrassa teachers are having a tough time in the society. They are underpaid, and their living conditions are pathetic. Still, some of them are continuing in the profession out of passion. The lack of demand is resulting in the diminishing status of madrassas. This is in turn dangerous for the society, where the youngsters are deprived of religious guidance and get attracted to extremism,” said the minister. The agency disbursed Rs 2.5 crore in the first phase at the function.