J&K Waqf Board constitutes committees to take control of shrines, Masjids

In a bid to take over administrative control of all the notified shrines and Masjids, the Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board on Tuesday constituted district level committees asking them to prepare a list of all shrines, Jamia Masjids, Khankahs and associated properties which are Waqf notified properties in the respective district.

An order issued by Executive Magistrate Tehsildar (J&K Waqf Board), Ishtiyaq Mohi-ud-din, reads that the J-K Waqf Board has a large number of notified Waqf properties that have not been administratively controlled till date, and were being managed privately by local committees. “However, in view of receipt of large number of complaints /representations by the Hon’ble Chairperson, J&K Wag Board, from general public regarding mismanagement & irregularities, it has become imperative to directly administer all such important Shrines/ Jamia Masids/ Khankahs and other assets, that are already Waqf notified properties, to ensure transparency and accountability.”

Accordingly, sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of District Level committees for verification and submission of reports in this regard within a period of 21 days positively, it said.

It further added: “The committees have been directed to peruse the complaints/representations received from general public & submit detailed reports of assets, finances & administrative affairs of such properties.”

Furthermore, the Waqf Board asked the committees to prepare a list of all important Shrines/ Jamia Masids/ Khankahs and associated properties which are Waqf notified properties in the district but have not been taken over by the Board till date, along with details of assets, liabilities, income and staff.

“A separate list of those Shrines/Jamia Masjid/Khankahs & allied properties be also prepared, that are not Waqf notified properties, but are to be brought under administrative control on the basis of representations/ complaints of general public,” it added.