*Orders removal of illegal donation boxes
SRINAGAR, Aug 18: Chairperson of Jammu & Kashmir Waqf Board, Dr Darakhshan Andrabi today visited Charar-e-Sharief to inspect the shrine management system and ordered immediate removal of illegally erected all the donation boxes there.
She was accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of Waqf Board, Dr Syed Majid Jahangir, Tahsildar of Waqf, Ishtiaq Mohiuddin and representatives of district administration.
Dr Darakhshan paid obeisance at the shrine of Sheikh Nooruddin Noorani. After the blanket ban by Waqf Board on compulsive and illegal demand of money at shrines by some people, Dr Andrabi ordered the removal of all ‘chairs and takhts’ erected by the people within the shrine and the campus for receiving donations at shrine of Alamdar which were removed by the Waqf staff immediately. She also appealed the people to help in re-establishing the real befitting environment at these spiritual places.
“The ban on illegally forced donations and occupation of the donation spaces by individuals in shrines is a nuisance and people across J&K have been demanding the abolition of this practice since decades but Waqf was used by politicians for decades for vote bank politics and other vested interests. This decision has been taken as per the provisions of Central Waqf Act,” Dr Darakhshan said.
She appealed the public to extend full support to Waqf Board in implementation of reformatory decisions being taken to streamline the derailed Waqf management system. “Many hard but necessary decisions are must for making Waqf an organization as per expectations of the people of J&K. We will be continuously taking bold decisions only to re-establish the befitting environment at our shrines and also for the productive use of other properties and assets of Waqf in J&K,” she added.
Dr Andrabi convened meetings with Waqf Board employees at Chrar-e-Sharief and Pakherpora and emphasized on them to change their working behavior and attitude so that the services to the public are provided without any compromise.
“Honesty and dedication is the mantra for Waqf employees to ensure the continuance of their services in Waqf. We cannot tolerate any dishonesty and laxity in services,” Dr Andrabi cautioned.
She also inspected the Waqf owned rented properties and shops and issued many orders on the spot too with regard to review of the rent and current status of each and every property/shop. She asked the concerned officers to furnish detail to her in this regard within couple of days.