The state action committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Wednesday decided to launch a month-long awareness campaign against the implementation of three Acts __ Right to Education, Direct Tax Code and Wakf Act __ which it claimed would harm the interests of the minorities and some other sections of society.
AIMPLB joint general secretary M A Rahim Quraishi, who presided over the first session of the action committee at Jamea Darul Uloom, Shivrampally, said the objective of the campaign was to urge the Centre to bring about suitable amendments to the Acts.
The committee would launch the drive from January 19. Explaining their stand against the Acts, Quraishi said the RTE Act 2010 has some major flaws. It does not recognize religious schools such as madrassas, seminaries and Vedic pathshalas. "Though the religious and linguistic minorities have been given the right to establish their institutions and function as autonomous institutions, the RTE is going against this spirit," he said. "Further, another concern is that there is scope in Section 10 of the RTE Act where, in the future, parents can be punished for not sending their wards to school. We would like the government to address these apprehensions specifically," he added.
On the question of Wakf (Amendment) Bill 2010 there are several lacunae that have come to the notice of the board. "We have forwarded 40 objections. Many of these are serious," he said. The Direct Taxes Code 2010 would, Quraishi said, bring religious institutions under the purview of income tax and wealth tax. Earlier, the government had given exemption to such institutions. The implementation of DTC would hit institutions that have been developed to help different faith groups.