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Govt announces annual awards to Waqf mutawallis

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Minority Affairs Abbas today announced annual awards to 'mutawallis' for taking care of properties, thus ensuring their utilisation for betterment of the society.

He said such properties across the country should be utilised for educational, employment, skill development and health-related activities.

properties are the ones dedicated to the society. These are religious endowments in Islam, typically devoting a structure or parcel of land for charitable purposes.

The central government will award those mutawallis (caretakers) who will manage well such (Waqf) properties to ensure their utilisation for betterment of the society, especially for educational empowerment of girls, a statement quoted the as saying.

He was speaking at the first national mutawallis conference of the Central Council (CWC) here.

Waqf mutawallis from Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Uttrakhand attended the conference. Such conferences will be organised in other parts of the country in the coming days.

said protection and development of such properties was on priority for the Centre so that these are utilised for socio-economic-educational empowerment of Muslim community.

He said the CWC was providing financial help to state waqf boards for digitisation of waqf records so they could complete the work within a stipulated time-frame.

Two legal support officers and as many zonal waqf officers and surveyors will be appointed by the CWC in the state waqf boards for preservation, maintenance and development of such properties and the related legal matters, the said.

The said the Council will also help those institutes being established and those already running Waqf properties, and were engaged in educational activities especially for girls.

said his ministry, in cooperation with state governments, will construct schools, colleges, malls, hospitals, skill development centres etc, and the revenue generated from the Waqf structures will be utilised for educational and other developmental activities for the minority community.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 15:25 IST