LUCKNOW The survey to determine Waqf properties registered beneath the Waqf Act for establishing public welfare projects like instructional institutes, hospitals, parks, sports activities centres and many others is underway in Uttar Pradesh.
Dharampal Singh, minister of minority welfare, waqf and Haj, stated the state authorities is eager to free these properties from the clutches of land mafia and use them for the welfare of individuals.
“Waqf is God’s property and therefore no industrial or residential exercise can occur right here. We intend to free these properties of encroachments and can give you instructional institutes, teaching centres, hospitals and parks at such locations,” he stated.
He stated, “There are 162,229 Waqf properties in Uttar Pradesh, together with 1,50,000 registered with the Sunni Central Waqf Board and 12,229 with the Shia Central Waqf Board. All these properties are positioned at useful places. The federal government has directed officers to survey these properties in order that faculties, hospitals, parks and playgrounds for the widespread man can come up at these locations.”
He stated up to now, the state authorities had taken stern motion towards folks occupying Waqf land. “In October 2019, the BJP-led state authorities ordered a CBI probe into alleged anomalies associated to sale, buy of properties of Shia and Sunni central waqf boards within the state. FIR was additionally lodged in Prayagraj and Lucknow,” added Singh.
The minister stated the work of identifying properties for public welfare duties can be accomplished after the price range session.
Minister of state for minorities, waqf and Haj, Danish Azad stated, “The state minorities division has been directed to determine Waqf properties, which may very well be used for public welfare. There are some properties that will be suited for faculties, schools, hospitals, parks and many others.”
In the meantime, the state minority welfare division has additionally taken up the train of identifying appropriate Waqf properties in Prayagraj, the place faculties, madrasas, schools and sports activities/well being centres may come up.
“Waqf properties in Prayagraj are being surveyed for the aim. A committee comprising a Waqf inspector and 4 different workers has been shaped to hold out the survey,” stated Krishna Murari, district minority officer.
“Appropriate waqf properties which can be vacant will probably be chosen for the development of faculties, schools, well being and sports activities actions with the consent of their ‘mutwalli’ (caretaker). The initiative, which is geared toward placing Waqf properties to higher use, may also improve the income of the Waqf division,” he added.
Waqf Vikas Nigam will probably be funding the development of the buildings on Waqf properties to be chosen.
There are 2,269 such properties in Prayagraj district. Amongst them, 2,106 belong to the Sunni waqf board whereas 163 others are owned by the Shia waqf board. A majority of waqf properties are in Kareli, Khuldabad, Bamrauli, Dhumanganj, Atarsuiya and Chowk.