UP: Yogi Adityanath govt mulling merging Shia, Sunni Waqf board to make united Muslim body
The Uttar Pradesh government is mulling forming a “UP Muslim Waqf board” by merging the separate Sunni and Shia Waqf boards to prevent “wastage of money”, Minister of State for Waqf Mohsin Raza said.
He alleged that both Sunni and Shia Waqf boards are being charged with corruption, and the government will dissolve them soon.
Though things are still to be finalised, the minister said the UP Muslif Waqf board when constituted will have members of both Sunni and Shia communities and its chairman will be selected from among them.
“The government has got a number of letter and suggestions from various quarters regarding the merger of Sunni and Shia Waqf boards. After which, the government has sought a proposal in this regard from the department concerned.
“After Law department’s review of the proposal, the government will consider it and form the UP Muslim Waqf board,” Raza told PTI.
He also claimed that all states of the country except UP and Bihar have only one Waqf board.
According to Raza, having separate Waqf boards in the state is not “legal”.
Quoting the Waqf Act 1995, he said Shia or Sunni should have at least 15 per cent share in total Waqf units for constitution of separate boards, …read more