Haryana Wakf Board income touches an all time high
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The Haryana Wakf Board (HWB) has earned an all time record income of Rs 13.67 crore during 2009-10. During the period, the Board spent Rs 3.35 crore on various educational and welfare activities. It has earmarked Rs 10.27 crore in the budget for the next year. This was disclosed on Thursday by HWB Administrator Naseem Ahmad, who is also the former vice-chancellor of AMU.
He was presiding over the 7th HWB annual general meeting. The meeting was attended by officers from the headquarters of the Board, estate officers and rent collectors from branch offices, imams and eminent citizens. Later, briefing the media, Ahmad said last year, the most ambitious activity of the Board was the establishment of Mewat Engineering College in Mewat, which is educationally the most backward area of Haryana, where literacy rate is 20 per cent for men and below 5 per cent for women. He said with no financial support from any quarters, the Board spent Rs 7.36 crore from its savings on building infrastructure for the MEC.
The Administrator said the problem of encroachment on Wakf properties continued to be a serious challenge for the Board. He urged the government to provide all possible assistance to the Board to get Wakf properties vacated. He said that in 2003-04, when the HWB was one of the constituent units of the erstwhile Punjab Wakf Board, revenue collection was only Rs 3.92 crore. He said after the establishment of separate Wakf Board for Haryana, the income has increased manifold.
Chief guest of the Annual General Meeting was Jaleb Khan, HWB Chief Parliamentary Secretary. Khan praised the Haryana Wakf Board for working in the state for betterment of the community.
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