Delhi Waqf Board facing ‘severe’ crunch of technical, revenue officials

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New Delhi: The Delhi Waqf Board, responsible for management of over 2,000 Muslim properties across the city, is facing “severe” crunch of technical and revenue officials, sources said.
As against 64 sanctioned posts, 28 posts, mostly technical and revenue related, are lying vacant, upkeep of properties and other works are hampered, a government official said.
“More than 90 per cent work of the Waqf Board relates to revenue but there are no revenue officials such as patwari, kanoongo and tehsildar. The last such official retired in 2012 while the post of kanoongo is vacant for last 30 years,” he said.
The problems of managing properties, including land, shops, residential buildings, located at prominent locations like Daryaganj, Ansari Road, Vasant Kunj, Greater Kailash and other areas, is affected due to vacancies on technical posts.
The present strength of 36 employees includes about 12-14 peons and drivers and 8 clerks, while there are vacancies of surveyors, junior engineers, zonal officers and revenue staff, the sources said.
“Survey work, monitoring encroachment and illegal constructions and collection of revenue is lagging because of the vacancies,” they said. “The list of 1964 Waqf properties is going to be expanded with inclusion of nearly 500 more such properties after they are published in the gazette. The management of all these properties, estimated to be over Rs 1,200 crore, will become impossible if vacancies are not filled,” the official said.
The official work is also hampered because the Waqf Board is yet to constituted. Important files and decisions are lying pending because the seven-member Board has not been constituted after it was dissolved by the then Lt Governor Najeeb Jung in October 2016 on charges of “irregularities”

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