AYUSH min­istry in a spot af­ter RTI re­ply over ‘no Mus­lim yoga teach­ers’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The min­istry of AYUSH has de­nied stat­ing in a right to in­for­ma­tion (RTI) re­ply that it has a pol­icy not to hire Mus­lim yoga teach­ers.

A free­lance jour­nal­ist work­ing for Milli Gazette, In­dia’s old­est Mus­lim com­mu­nity jour­nal, had pub­lished a story based on a right-to-in­for­ma­tion ques­tion re­gard­ing re­cruit­ment of yoga teach­ers for post­ings abroad.

The re­ply, ac­cord­ing to the jour­nal’s story, said 3,481 Mus­lim can­di­dates ap­plied for the job but none was se­lected be­cause “as per govern­ment pol­icy — no Mus­lim can­di­date was in­vited, se­lected or sent abroad”.

The min­istry said though it did re­ceive a query from the free­lance jour­nal­ist, a part of the re­ply stat­ing an of­fi­cial pol­icy to ex­clude Mus­lims was “nonex­is­tent” and “fic­ti­tious”.

“The min­istry… has noted with an­guish cer­tain mis­chievous mis­in­for­ma­tion be­ing spread in cer­tain sec­tion of me­dia and so­cial me­dia quot­ing a re­ply to an RTI by men­tion­ing a fab­ri­cated draft as An­nex­ure I to that let­ter, which has never been is­sued by the Min­istry of AYUSH or any of its agen­cies,” a govern­ment state­ment said.

AYU SH, an acro­nym for Ayurv eda, Yoga and Natur­opa­thy, Unani, Sid­dha and Homeopathy, is a min­istry that pro­motes In­dian al­ter­na­tive medicine.

A ver­sion of the same RTI re­ply pro­vided to HT by the min­istry said it had “no in­for­ma­tion” on Mus­lim ap­pli­cants.

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