Admn shuts 300 educational institutions run by Jamaat offshoot FAT in J&K

Students asked to take admissions in Govt schools

Srinagar 14 June 2022 : In a major decision, the administration today stopped operations of nearly 300 educational institutions run by Falah-e-Aam Trust (FAT), an offshoot of banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and directed the Chief Education Officers (CEOs) to seal them within 15 days in consultation with district administration.

The J&K government on Tuesday ordered that no new admission shall be taken in educational institutions run by Falah-e-Aam Trust (FAT), an affiliate of Jamiat-e-Islami which was banned by the government early in 2019.

In an order passed subsequent to the directions by the high court of J&K and Ladakh, the government ordered that all the students presently studying in these “banned” institutions shall admit themselves to nearby Government schools for current session i-e 2021-22. “All CEOs/Principals/ZEOs shall facilitate students,” reads an order by Principal Secretary to Government School Education Department, a copy of which lies with GNS.

“No admission shall be taken in these banned FAT institutions. No further registration of these institutions shall be done,” it reads.

The Chief Education Officer/Zonal Education institutions have been asked to give wide publicity in all dailies/newspapers that these institutions are not recognized.

The SIA has also came across alleged gross illegalities, outright frauds and mass scale encroachment of Government lands by FAT.
The FAT, according to the officials, is an affiliate of radical outfit Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) which is proscribed by Ministry of Home Affairs under
Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
The officials alleged that JeI mostly draws its sustenance from the vast network of FAT schools, seminaries, orphanages, pulpits of mosques and other charities and added that such institutions played a destructive role in large-scale unrests of 2008, 2010 and 2016 bringing huge miseries to common people and forcing them for shutdowns by threat, intimidation and street violence.

Interestingly, almost all FAT schools numbering over 300 have been found to be existing on illegally acquired Government and community lands wherein lands were occupied by coercion, at gunpoint as well as colluding with revenue officials who made wrong entities in revenue documents by committing fraud and forgery, the officials said.

The SIA has already registered FIR in such matter and the agency is expanding the ambit of these investigations to unearth all such frauds, unauthorised entities and forgeries that have been committed in last 30 years at the behest of terrorists and for other considerations which include monetary gratifications, the officials added.


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