Bangalore: Wakf properties not encroached, asserts minister

Monday, 16 December 2013 - 12:07pm IST | Place: Mangalore | Agency: DNA
Says 60% survey is over, revealed only a few cases of encroachment.

Wakf and minority affairs minister Qumar ul Islam dismissed a report that claimed the wakf board’s properties, to the tune of Rs2 lakh crore, were encroached.

Past year, the then chairperson of Karnataka State Minorities Commission (KSMC), Anwar Manippady, had submitted a report to the state government, alleging that half of the wakf board’s properties in the state had been encroached.

At a press meet on Sunday, Islam said the Congress government had finished surveying 60% of wakf properties. He said they found only a few, minor encroachments, nothing of the kind the 7,500-page report had claimed. He said the remaining properties of the wakf board would be surveyed soon.

Enumerating the plans of his ministry, he said 12 of the 30 districts in the state would get a Haj bhavan. These districts include Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore and Gulbarga. He said the Haj bhavan in Bangalore is nearing completion, adding that the government would see to it that it is ready before next year’s Haj. Further, the minister informed that the state government would create district-level centralised minority affairs centres. He said these centres would come up in the cities that are district headquarters. He said work in eight districts regarding this would begin soon. Also, he said 300 vacancies in government jobs would be filled up with candidates from minority communities.

Besides, minorities candidates would also get additional services, facilities and funding under the Multi-Sectoral Development Programme of the Centre. Initially, Islam said, these facilitation cells would come up in Gulbarga, Bidar, Bagalkot, Haveri and Koppal districts. He said the remaining districts would get the cells by the end of next year.

Story at a glance
A report stating that wakf board’s properties to the tune of Rs2 lakh crore were encroached was dismissed by minority affairs minister Qumar ul Islam.

He said the 7,500-page report claiming the encroachment was exaggerated

Islam, however, agreed that a few ‘minor encroachments’ mentioned in it were true.


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