Unhappy over the way a non-cadre official was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Telangana state Wakf Board, the United Muslim Forum, an NGO championing the cause of Muslims, reportedly wrote a letter to the Chief Minister K.Chandrashekher Rao urging him to appoint a permanent CEO from Indian Administrative service cadre.
Criticizing the move of appointing a non-care official as CEO that too on temporary basis again, the forum said, the move of the government will in no way help the wakf board to safeguard its properties.
Terming the appointment of a non-cadre official on a coveted post of CEO Telangana Wakf Board established to protect Wakf properties in the state and elsewhere as a violation of Section 23 of Wakf Act 1995, Syed Muneeruddin Ahmed, the President of United Muslim Form, made an appealed to the Chief Minister to fill the post with permanent CEO from service cadre as per the wakf law as a practical approach towards safeguarding the wakf properties.
Having no permanent CEO in wakf board since several years leading to pose a serious threat to wakf properties of which most of them are under the possession of landsharks or are languishing in legal tangle. Although the wakf act explained the eligibility and responsibilities of the chief executive officer in length, the post remains filled on a temporary basis as the officials with multiple tasks fail to focus permanently on wakf issues,” reads the letter.
He copy of the letter was also posted to Chief Secretary Shanti Kumary bringing his attention towards issues of Wakf Properties of Dargah Hazrath Hussain Shah Wali, Maheshwaram, Ashoor Khana Ali Saad, Hazrath Shah Raju Khattal, Masjid-e-Alamgir Karla Begumpet and Dargah Hafeezpet which are landed into controversies. The forum hopes that the chief minister will confer more authority and make the board more flexible to address issues as per wakf act so as to help protect Wakf properties and lands spread across the state and elsewhere in the country.