Srinagar: The state government is yet to accept the resignation of vice chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Wakf Board, Peer Muhammad Hussain.
Hussain had resigned from the post on November 07, a day after he addressed a media conference where he claimed of being a “clean person”.
“We have not received any information regarding the resignation from the chief minister’s office,” officials at the Wakf Board told Kashmir Reader.
“The VC had put in his papers but J&K Wakf Board office has not received any intimation in this regard from the government,” they added.
The Wakf Board works directly under the chief minister’s office. “Any direction/information regarding the issue has to come from CM’s office,” the officials said.
Hussain, a senior PDP leader, had cited personal reasons for stepping down, two years after his appointment by the PDP-led coalition government.
The Wakf, its employees said, is currently working without any leader.
Speaking to the Kashmir Reader, Hussain, however, said that he has resigned from the post. “I have resigned and I don’t mind whether it was accepted or not. When time comes, I will give reasons as to why I have resigned,” he said.
The resignation of Hussain had led to protests by Wakf employees who described his resignation as a blow to the board.
“In two years under him, Wakf was completely changing towards betterment,” said one of the Wakf employees who held protests in Press Enclave.
Hussain’s resignation came a day after the Wakf Board said that it was reviving its assets so as “to generate resources for various social sector programs and other construction works”.
It currently generates Rs 24 crore a year from all its resources and assets, which include orchards, shops, shrines and buildings. It has 947 employees.
A Wakf Board document has revealed that it has almost 3383 shops, rooms, halls, open spaces, buildings and godowns in Kashmir valley besides hundreds of kanals of orchards.
The Wakf Board was facing stiff resistance from traders after it revised the rent rates. However, the government had formed a committee in this regard and the rates were “made reasonable”.
“During the financial year of 2014-15, rent generated from the rural and urban areas is Rs 20093150,” reads the Wakf document.
The revised rent rates had estimated a quantum jump of Rs over 10 crore, the Wakf documents added.