Dearth of staff leaves Delhi Waqf Board paral­ysed

Millennium Post - - CITY - OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Waqf Board, re­spon­si­ble for man­age­ment of over 2,000 Mus­lim prop­er­ties across the city, is fac­ing a ‘se­vere’ crunch of tech­ni­cal and rev­enue of­fi­cials, sources said.

As against 64 sanc­tioned posts, 28 posts – mostly tech­ni­cal and rev­enue re­lated – are ly­ing va­cant, ham­per­ing up­keep of prop­er­ties and other works as a re­sult, a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said.

He stated, “More than 90 per cent work of the Waqf Board re­lates to rev­enue. How­ever, there are no rev­enue of­fi­cials, such as pat­wari, kanoongo and tehsil­dar.

“The last such of­fi­cial re­tired in 2012, while the post of kanoongo has been va­cant for last 30 years,” the of­fi­cial added.

The prob­lems of man­ag­ing prop­er­ties – in­clud­ing land, shops and res­i­den­tial build­ings, lo­cated at prom­i­nent lo­ca­tions like Darya­ganj, An­sari Road, Vas­ant Kunj, Greater Kailash and other ar­eas – has been af­fected due to va­can­cies on tech­ni­cal posts.

The present strength of 36 em­ploy­ees in­cludes about 12-14 pe­ons and driv­ers, and eight clerks, while there are va­can­cies of sur­vey­ors, ju­nior en­gi­neers, zonal of­fi­cers and rev­enue staff, sources in the Waqf Board claimed.

“Sur­vey work, mon­i­tor­ing of en­croach­ment and il­le­gal con­struc­tions, and col­lec­tion of rev­enue are lag­ging be­cause of the va­can­cies,” the Board of­fi­cials said.

“The list of 1,964 Waqf prop­er­ties is go­ing to be ex­panded with the in­clu­sion of nearly 500 more such prop­er­ties af­ter they are pub­lished in the Gazette.

“The man­age­ment of all these prop­er­ties, es­ti­mated to be worth over Rs 1,200 crore, will be­come im­pos­si­ble if va­can­cies are not filled,” the of­fi­cial said.

Of­fi­cial work has also been ham­pered be­cause the Waqf Board is yet to be con­sti­tuted, since it was dis­solved.

Im­por­tant files and de­ci­sions are ly­ing pend­ing be­cause the seven-mem­ber Board has not been re­con­sti­tuted, af­ter it was dis­solved by the for­mer Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Na­jeeb Jung in Oc­to­ber 2016, over al­leged ‘ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties’ in the func­tion­ing of the Board.

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