Waqf Bd to act against encroachers

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Bhopal, Aug 31 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board would initiate further action against those encroaching on the Board's land if the same was not vacated in a month.

Board Chairman Gufran-i-Azam told reporters here today that 54 cases of encroachment were identified and the Board served legal notices to them to vacate in a month.

''We are determined to flush them out,'' he added.

The Board possessed property exceeding Rs 14,000 crore but its annual income had dwindled to only Rs 25-30 lakh due to low rents.

''The tenants should increase rent on their own,'' Mr Gufran-i-Azam felt while adding that he had approached Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to provide grant as the board's income was negligible.

The Board merely had a total 54 staff in the districts and was planning to add 50 more staff after obtaining the government's nod.

Mr Gufran-i-Azam appealed that the land be vacated in view of the holy month of Ramzan getting underway on September 2.

UNI BDG AC 1727

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