With the Uttar Pradesh authorities planning a survey of Waqf properties within the state, UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday stated the transfer has been taken to behave upon complaints of land mafias taking on valuable Waqf property, including that these opposing it are in opposition to the welfare of poor Muslims.
Muslim Waqf and Hajj Minister Dharam Pal Singh additionally on Wednesday stated that these are “god’s properties” and that nobody has the fitting to occupy them.
The plan to survey Waqf properties comes amid a row over the survey of unrecognised private madrassas in Uttar Pradesh. The UP authorities is now planning to take again the federal government and public properties which have gone to Waqf over time.
An order was issued by the Secretary of the Minority Welfare Division and despatched to commissioners and District Magistrates throughout districts, searching for particulars of such properties of their respective areas. A time restrict of 1 month has been given to officers to organize this report.
The state authorities has struck down a earlier order by the federal government handed in 1989, which paved the way in which for transferring these public properties to the Waqf Board that was left barren or non-agricultural land or have been being utilized by a shrine, Qabristan or an Eidgah.
Responding to experiences of survey on Waqf properties, UP Muslim Waqf and Haj Minister Dharam Pal Singh stated, “Waqf properties are essential. Waqf is god’s property. Nobody has the fitting to occupy it. Authorities, with good intention, has began its survey; orders given from earlier than to first determine Waqf properties after which take additional actions.”
UP authorities’s thought of Waqf property survey has invited contemporary criticism, with AIMIM terming it a transfer “meant to focus on the Muslims”. AIMIM nationwide spokesperson Syed Asim Waqar stated, “Waqf survey is a much bigger NRC as in comparison with madrassa survey. Authorities is meant to focus on the Muslims. Why no survey in opposition to large Hindu Muths and trusts?”
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, in the meantime, stated that Waqf property survey is for “advantage of poor Muslims. Opposing it are those that don’t need welfare of poor Muslims.”
Maurya stated there are loads of complaints about mafia taking on valuable waqf land, including that after the survey is over, the state will determine what to do with such land underneath Waqf.
Samajwadi Celebration, BJP’s arch rival within the UP, gave the impression to be in favour of motion in opposition to land mafias however added that encroached land ought to be handled the identical method, be it a mosque or a temple.
SP chief Rakesh Singh stated that the celebration “is in favour of motion in opposition to all land mafias. No matter land has been encroached, ought to be taken again. Mandir or masjid each ought to be dealt in the identical method”.