- A ‘substantial share’ of Waqf property is held by many congressmen.
- Though former chief minister Tarun Gogoi was initially very proactive, the Chairman says.
Guwahati: Assam Waqf Board Chairman Nekibur Zaman has made an alarming disclosure while Zaman has also been accused of huge corruption in the management of Waqf properties. The statement has come to the light at a press conference held on Sunday.
Zaman Blames the Previous Government
Zaman further said that an influential and powerful lobby of land mafias, politicians and bureaucrats are still very active and it pressurizes the government to ignore the large-scale intrusion and mishandling of Waqf property in the State.
While blaming the previous government Zaman also alleges that a ‘substantial share’ of Waqf property is held by many congressmen and despite tall claims by the earlier government, nothing had been done to evict the intruders of Waqf property and ensure legitimate use of the properties.
Though former chief minister Tarun Gogoi was initially very proactive and even announced before the media to institute a judicial inquiry by a High Court judge to probe rampant misuse of Waqf property, he could not do much later and even failed to institute a judicial inquiry.
Misuse of 20,000 Bighas Of Land
Zaman added while giving as reports that more than tea gardens around 20,000 bighas of land and over 179 registered properties under Waqf Board are being misused.
The estimated value of these properties will be far more than Rs 50,000 crores. But the revenue generated over the years was Rs 70,000-80,000 or slightly higher in the last several years.
According to the chairman, the mafia’s and the political leaders desire to ensure that the Waqf properties be kept under the control of people who they may influence.