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Gadkari writes to Manmohan on wakf property



Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari has asked Chief Ministers of all BJP-ruled States to take urgent steps to end encroachment or illegal occupation of wakf property.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, he said the Centre should help in ending illegal occupation of such property throughout the country.

If properly utilised, Rs. 12,000-crore revenue could be generated from these property that cover approximately 8 lakh acres in metros and other cities.

The very intention of wakf property was to use the revenue generated for the welfare of poor Muslims.

The money could be used to give coaching to young Muslim men and women to help them compete in medical, engineering or central administrative examinations, build rest homes at pilgrim centres, impart skills that could help them generate incomes and give salaries to muezzins, he said.

Work on this would begin in all BJP-ruled States, Mr. Gadkari said, adding that similar steps could be taken by other States.

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