JAMMU – Minister for Haj and Auqaf Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, who is also the Chairman of J and K State Wakf Council, chaired 13th meeting of State Wakf Council.
Legislators, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, Mohammad Yasin Shah and B.A Magray were also present in the meeting.
Addressing the meeting the minister asked the concerned for preparing an inventory of Wakf land and property ensuring its protection and preservation and put to better use.
Calling upon the concerned to work with missionary zeal to protect the property and use the same to create more assets for improving revenue returns, Peerzada said Wakf is both a department and a religious organisation and has a lot of assets which could be utilised for the welfare of community. He asked the administrators and tehsil Auqaf officers to identify Auqaf land in their respective areas with business point of view and put to better use, saying that it would generate employment avenues for the un-employed and improve financial health of the department as well.
Peerzada directed constituting sub-committees for all major works and involving locals in the development and maintenance of Muslim Waqf properties. He asked for constituting sub-committee on education to look into the aspects of improving the status of schools being run by Waqf Board and setting-up of Madrassa Board on pattern of other states.
The council accorded sanction to the release of Dearness Allowance (DA) at 20 per cent of the basic pay in favour of regular employees of State Wakf Council, besides special allowance of Rs. 3,000 per head per month in favour of five employees of Shahdara Sharief who have been working in hazardous condition. It also approved the decisions taken in the previous meeting.
It was given out that 1, 02, 840 Kanals Wakf land was surveyed, of which 85,435 Kanals has been notified while as the notification work on the rest of the surveyed land is under process. It was also revealed that an amount of Rs. 5 lakh was given out to 162 widows and students belonging to poor families. Besides beautification of 5- Ziyarats including Panjpeer, Manda, Baba Kanju Peer, Kunjwani, Peer Baba Zahir Ali Shah near Science College Peer Baba Budhan Ali Shah, Satwari and Peer Baba Roshan Shah Wali Gummat has been completed by expending Rs. 2.5 crore and repair work on some other Ziyarats has also been going on.
It was given out that in addition to fencing of 12 graveyards in Jammu Division; the work on Markazi Jamia Masjid Rajouri is at the final stage on which an amount of Rs. 5 crore would be expended. The Auqaf Islamia R S Pura has generated Rs. 65.24 lakh besides retrieving land measuring over 3 kanals at Ban-Sultan, the meeting was informed.
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