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Waqf Boards’ property to be registered for minority welfare, says Najma Heptullah

“Six lakh acres of waqf property is spread all over India. If we develop them according to the Sachchar Committee report they will provide anywhere between Rs 20,000 crore and 25,000 crore per annum. This money can be used for the welfare and upliftment of Muslims in the country,” Heptullah said here.

She added that to make this happen, waqf boards in the country will be reconstituted and the property belonging to them will be registered to facilitate their digitisation.

Linkages with ‘Aadhaar’ number will also be provided to bring in transparency in the activities.

“Some people may feel bad about these measures, but they are for the benefit of the Muslims. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has entrusted me to oversee their implementation. Our officers have started discussing it with waqf boards. They are doing it in Patna today,” Heptullah said.

The Union Minister was speaking at a function at the Bihar BJP headquarters here, while talking about various schemes initiated by the Centre for the welfare of six categories of minorities - Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis.

Expressing anguish over the “backward” condition of the minorities, especially Muslims in Bihar, Heptuallah said central funds for scholarships, education of girls, multi-sectoral skill development are being sent, but the state has failed in utilising them.

‘Those who wore caps, didn’t respect it’
Taking a dig at the “show-off measures” adopted by various political parties to appease the Muslims in Bihar, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah on Thursday said the leaders “just wore caps but did not keep the respect of those caps”. “These political leaders did not practise honesty with the Muslims. They just wore their caps and indulged in show-off measures but they did not keep the respect of those caps. Otherwise, the Muslims in Bihar would not have been so backward,” Heptullah said.
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