Minister for Wakf, Haj and Minorities Welfare Mumtaz Ali Khan said here on Thursday that the State Government had been requested to enhance budgetary allocation for his department from Rs. 260 crore to at least Rs. 330 crore.

Wakf Board had been allocating Rs. 50 lakh for constructing shaadi mahals in cities and Rs. 20 lakh for constructing shaadi mahals in towns and hoblis, he told presspersons here. Such marriage halls would come up in every hobli having a minority population of 8,000 to 10,000.

Convention

Earlier, Dr. Khan inaugurated the Belgaum divisional-level convention of mutavallis (caretakers). He said there were complaints that at a few places mutavallis were trying to grab land provided by donors to build mosque or dargah. Mutavallis do not own such land as it belonged to the Wakf Board. Stern action would be taken against people trying to grab Wakf Board land, the Minister said.

Mohammad Sanaulla, Principal Secretary, Minorities Welfare, and M.F. Pasha, Karnataka Wakf Board administrator, spoke.

Chandrakant Bellad, MLA, presided over the function.

Nearly, 500 mutavallis from various places attended the convention.

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