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Waqf Board’s generosity towards widows and poor

New Delhi: Delhi Waqf Board, in a pleasant gesture worth emulating, has given one set of suit as gift and Rs. 1500 as Eidi to 1400 widows each this year on the occasion of Eid. Planning for this was done a few days earlier but put into practice on 1 July, with the objective that these poor and neglected widows also could enjoy and celebrate Eid in a spirit of traditional joy and happiness like all others. This function was held at Delhi Waqf Board’s office at Darya Ganj when Waqf Board’s Chairman Amanatullah Khan and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the Board Dr. Mahboob Ali distributed these things among the widows and some other poor and deprived people. Delhi Waqf Board normally gives pension to a total of 1035 widows every month but because of alleged recurring losses being suffered by the Board, their pensions were not being paid for a long time.

However, in the words of Amanatullah Khan, the new government of AAP not only re-started the payment of monthly pensions to the widows but also increased its amount. He said that formerly Rs. 700 were being given to these widows monthly but now their pensions have also been increased to Rs. 1500 pm. Moreover, previously pensions were being given to 1035 widows but now 1400 widows are being given the monthly pensions. According to Waqf Board sources, all this has put an extra financial burden of Rs. 21 lakh excluding the suits.

According to the same sources this is made possible because Waqf Board’s income has also increased because rents on its properties are being charged in accordance with the provisions of the new amended Waqf Act. Also, the number of tenants is also increasing in accordance with this new (amended) Act. Criticising the previous governments of Delhi indirectly (without naming them) Amanatullah Khan said that Delhi Waqf Board has more sources of income but the previous governments did not make serious attempts to fully exploit those sources, adding that he is making efforts to further increase the incomes of the Board so that more welfare work could be undertaken and that the wishes and intentions of waaqifs (those who donated their lands as waqfs in years gone-by for the welfare of the qaum) could be fulfilled as much as possible.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2016 on page no. 15

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