Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday disclosed that its own departments were the biggest defaulters of Wakf properties in state.
Hajj and Auqaf minister, Abdul Rehman Veeri told the Legislative Assembly while replying on grants to his department. “Government departments have occupied land but they do not pay money to Auqaf for it as rentals,” he said.
Expressing helplessness Veeri said that he himself has asked many departments “but nothing was happening”.
He, however, added that government would “prevail over private occupiers of Wakf land and get it retrieved.”
Earlier, Congress legislator Ghulam Mohammad Saroori said that government should take necessary steps to retrieve land of Auqaf from forces, civilians and government departments. He also lambasted the government of India led by BJP over removal of subsidy on Hajj.
“Now, Muslims will go for Hajj not once but thrice,” he told the PDP-BJP coalition government.
Congress legislator Mohammad Amin Bhat demanded a uniform rate across J&K for compensation to those who land is taken by government.
“Brick kilns are being opened in agricultural land and your tehsildars take Rs 1 lakh for it,” he told Veeri, the revenue minister. “Close them immediately.”
Enumerating the achievements of Auqaf department, Veeri said that during the last fiscal upto December 2017, the department has generated the income to the tune of Rs 1741.35 lakh and expenditure for the said period is Rs 1329.82 lakh.
He said that the Wakaf Council has created various public utilities in the state for benefit of beneficiaries and other amenities, besides various proposed projects, which are being discussed at various levels for early initiation including establishment of educational institutions, boarding schools for needy students, construction of sarais/flats/banquet halls/shopping complex at different locations.
It is also proposed to establish corpus fund for poor and needy of beneficiary community as grant of financial aid to the patients suffering from life consuming diseases.