TAMIL NADU

IUML seeks Minority Affairs Ministry in State

SHARING A POINT: Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin and K.M. Khader Mohideen, IUML national general secretary, at a conference in Chennai on Sunday.

SHARING A POINT: Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin and K.M. Khader Mohideen, IUML national general secretary, at a conference in Chennai on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S. Thanthoni

Special Correspondent

Government urged to set right deficiencies in the working of Wakf Board

CHENNAI: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Tamil Nadu unit, on Sunday urged the State government to form a Ministry for Minority Affairs and correct the deficiencies in the working of Tamil Nadu Wakf Board.

Around 3,000 Ulemas and Umaras took part in the first Mahalla Jamaat State Conference and unanimously passed 16 resolutions, including those pertaining to setting up of a welfare board for Ulemas and seeking an increase in monthly pension for Ulemas from Rs.750 to Rs.1,500.

In his welcome address, K.M. Kader Mohideen, IUML national general secretary, said the functioning of the State Wakf Board had created large-scale dissatisfaction among the Tamil Muslims, leading to problems in several mosques. Hence, the State government should take steps to address the problems. Mr. Mohideen urged the State government to provide free housing to minority Muslims; grant primary status for Urdu language in their schools; pass order for seamless functioning of Urdu Teachers’ Training Schools; distribute gas cylinder and food items to Arabic schools free of cost and recognise certificates issued by Arabic colleges for employment.

Chief Minister thanked

IUML members thanked Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for providing 3.5 per cent reservation and pledged their support to the State and Central governments. They sought government permission to build new mosques; renovate damaged ones; reduction in electricity charges for mosques and Arabic schools; appointment of Kajis in districts and a minimum salary of Rs.6,000 for Imams living in cities and Rs.3,000 for those in rural areas.

In his concluding remarks, Local Administration Minister, M.K. Stalin said that he would forward the demands to the Chief Minister for implementation at the right time and in the right manner.

He recalled DMK chief’s 60-year association with the IUML and listed several schemes launched by the State government since 1969 that benefited the Muslims immensely.

Recommended for you