Hyderabad: Mr. Mohammed Saleem, Chairman, Telangana State Wakf Board called on Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mr. Muqtar Abbas Naqvi in New Delhi and presented a report of the functioning of Telangana Wakf Board. He also highlighted the steps taken by the State Govt. for the protection of wakf properties.
Mr. Abbas Naqvi expressed his satisfaction over the functioning of Telangana State Wakf Board and said that the Central Govt. would provide 95% subsidy to State Wakf Boards for the development of any wakf property. The State Wakf Board has to provide only 5% grant.
The objective of this scheme is to protect wakf properties and also enhance the income of Wakf Boards.
Mr. Naqvi further told that earlier, Central Govt. used to give loans under revolving fund scheme which was repayable. Now, the Central Govt. will give 95% subsidy which is non-refundable.
He advised Mr. Saleem to identify wakf properties for development so that he could lay the foundation stone along with the CM of Telangana State.
Mr. Saleem informed the minister that TS Govt. has sanctioned grants for the development of 12 wakf properties. Wakf Board has already started preparation of project reports initially for three properties. He assured the minister that on his return to Hyderabad, he would identify the properties to be developed.
Mr. Naqvi told that there are valuable wakf properties in the country and the Central Govt. wants to develop them so as to help the Muslims.
Mr. Saleem highlighted the difficulties of shortage of staff in TS Wakf Board. He requested the minister to delegate executive powers to Wakf Board and also to enhance the lease period.
Mr. Naqvi assured that all these issues will be taken up in the wakf conference which is scheduled to be held on 7th May in New Delhi.
It may be mentioned that Mr. Mohammed Saleem, Chairman and Mr. B. Shafiullah, CEO of State Wakf Board are attending the conference.