State Wakf board chairman Khwaja Khalil Ullah has said that the board wants to evacuate encroachments from its properties "as early as possible" so that it could be utilised for enhancing the income of the board.
Interacting with mediapersons at the circuit house here on Thursday, the chairman said that the board had 1,125 properties across the state, on which 65 cases of encroachments had been filled in the high court, whereas 36 cases were being tried in the tribunal.
Khalil said that the Wakf body would manage and protect these properties from encroachers and administer the income thereof. "Proper records regarding origin, income and beneficiaries of the Wakf properties would also be maintained. Proper norms should be laid down to provide monthly financial aid by the board for construction of schools, madrasas and mosques," said Khalil.
The chairman also said that the Muslim community of the state was "indebted to Virbhadra Singh", as he had not only re-constituted the Wakf board, but also formed Haj Committee of the state within eight months after taking over as chief minister.
"The chief minister has equal love and affection towards all people of the society, and is considerate towards the interest of minorities," said the chairman of the board.
He said that the settlement of low rent cases of the Wakf board properties should also be expedited so as to increase the income of the board.
The chairman also said that the UPA government has formulated National Wakf Development Corporation, for which the state Wakf board is also making proposals for funding.
"Several proposals have been sent to the central Wakf council for approval," he said.
"An educational tour would be organised for uplift of Muslim children and women, in which they would be taken to various states across the country.