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Mangla Bank: India’s first bank run by beggars, of beggars, for beggars

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

If one has to learn the benefits of banking, it is from these beggars in Bihar who have started their own bank, which they operate to provide financial assistance to fellow beggars.

The bank named as Mangla Bank is situated at Gaya town near Maa ‘Maa Manglagauri Mandir, where these beggars seek alms.

“It is true that we have established a bank for ourselves,” told Raj Kumar Manjhi to a news agency, one of the 40 beggars who are members of this unique “bank”.

“Bank’s manager, treasurer and secretary along with one agent and other member, who are running and managing it, are all beggars,” reported IANS.

Manjhi, who is literate enough to manage the accounts and other works of the bank, said: “Each of us (beggars) deposits Rs.20 every Tuesday in the bank that comes to Rs.800 weekly deposit.”

Malti Devi, who is secretary of the bank that was established six months ago, said: “It began last year with a big hope and to fulfill aspirations of beggars. We are still not treated well in the society because we are poorest of the poor.”

The beggars were encouraged to start their own bank by officials of State Society for Ultra Poor and Social Welfare last year.

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The recommendation, made on 15th May, also stated to follow the syllabus and books of NCERT. The suggestions were accepted by the cabinet on 22 May.

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The Yogi Adityanath Government has ordered all the madarsas across the states to take the classes in Hindi and English medium and not in Urdu. The decision came after the recommendations of the Arbi-Farsi Urdu Madarsa Board.

Madarsas have been at the forefront of criticism over the curriculum of their teachings. They are schools for Islamic instruction which deprives the students of the career-driven subjects like Mathematics, Science, English and Social Science. The government has also ordered to introduce all these subjects in the curriculum.

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The order was one of the promises of CM Yogi Adityanath to make his vision of modern madarsa true. Earlier, he had rejected the demand of shutting down of Madarsas stating that it will not help eradicate the basic problems and he further gave a view of modernized madarsa by including modern subjects. The recommendation, made on 15th May, also stated to follow the syllabus and books of NCERT. The suggestions were accepted by the cabinet on 22 May.

The state’s education department had also launched a large-scale anti-cheating campaign. Further, this move of modernizing madarsas is seen as a big step towards the reform in education section in Uttar Pradesh.

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