Mehbooba wants Wakf Board to be revamped



Calling for a structural revamp to make Jammu and Kashmir Wakf Board a dynamic and vibrant organisation, Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  ordered immediate mapping and inventory management of landed property and physical assets including details of revenue, expenditure and human resource on the rolls of the organization.


The Chief Minister made these remarks while chairing the 23rd meeting of the Board of Directors of the J&K Wakf Board.

She asked the Board to take a cue from similar religious organizations functioning in the state, which by prudent use of its assets and endowment money, have been able to create a huge social sector infrastructure base.

“I see no reason why we cannot replicate the same methodology where our immovable assets become more remunerative and endowment money is channelled back into the system in the form of social infrastructure,” she added.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Haj & Auqaf, PHE, I&FC, I&C and Power, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Navin K. Chaudhary, Vice Chancellor, IUST, Prof. A. R. Trag, Vice Chairman, J&K Wakf Board, Peer Mohammad Hussain, besides the other Members of the Board.

Advocating better management of resources, the Chief Minister, who is also the Chairperson of the Board, said the onus for proper utilization of endowment money entirely lies on the Board as devotees, who throng various shrines in large numbers, contribute with such a great sense of reverence.

“We need a transparent system of operations which ensures that this endowment money goes straight into the Board kitty so that it is ploughed back into the system in the form of assets or wazeefa to old and needy people,” she said and added that the Board’s official website should host all the details in this connection.