LG Asks Waqf Board To Generate Returns For Community Development

Srinagar-  Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday asked the newly appointed body of Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board to explore the potential of generating considerable returns from its properties in the Union Territory for the socio-economic development of the community.

Sinha made these remarks on Monday while felicitating and addressing the newly appointed Chairperson, Dr. Darakhshan Andrabi and members- Dr Ghulam Nabi Haleem, Syed Mohammad Hussain, Sohail Kazmi, and Nawab Din, of J&K Waqf Board, an official spokesperson said.

“I have been told that there are more than 32,000 registered waqf properties in J&K today. Many of these properties have the potential of generating considerable returns, which in turn could be used for the socio-economic development of the community”, the LG said.

He said that the board, now operating as per Central Waqf Act, will bring transparency in the administration of waqf properties and provide an enabling environment for utilization of properties for the larger benefit of the community.

The LG, as per the spokesperson urged the Waqf Board to construct schools, colleges, ITIs, girls hostels, hospitals, multi-purpose community halls, Hunar Haat, and employment-oriented skill development centers, which will truly serve the 1.25 crore citizens of J&K UT.

Sinha also stated that the Waqf Board should sow the seeds of friendship and goodwill among communities through impactful social welfare initiatives aimed at bringing positive changes in the lives of ordinary citizens.

“In India, we have always followed and promoted the principle of ‘Sarva Pantha Sambhav’. This invaluable Indian tradition has to be nurtured by all of you through the Waqf Board in the UT with your social welfare activities and developmental actions in the coming times,” the LG said.

According to the spokesperson, the LG also noted that the Board under chairpersonship of Andrabi is now empowered for survey of waqf properties, maintenance of waqf deeds, revenue generation, and prevention of encroachment of waqf properties.

“I express my gratitude to the Hon'ble Prime Minister who, on 5th August 2019, extended the Central Waqf Act along with 890 central laws to J&K after seven decades, giving Dr Darakhshan Andrabi and other eminent personalities a chance to serve the UT and 1.25 crore people through Waqf Board,” the LG said.

Sinha, the spokesperson, also observed that J&K is witnessing growth and development in every sphere of life.
“Dedicated efforts are being made to bring in investment in the UT, generate ample employment avenues, make recruitments transparently and utilise every penny for the welfare of ordinary citizens,” the LG added.

On this occasion, the LG also released Dr Ghulam Nabi Haleem’s poetry collection in Kashmiri “Rude Harand” meaning- The Rainbow.

Speaking on the occasion, the spokesperson said Andrabi said that the Waqf Board will work to fulfill the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K as per the vision of the Prime Minister of our country.

He said that besides the members of Waqf Board, Mayor Jammu Chander Mohan Gupta, former legislators including Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Kavinder Gupta, representatives of political parties, literary people, office bearers of prominent associations, eminent personalities of the UT and members of the civil society were present on the occasion.

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