Veeri for optimum use of Auqaf assets

Directs administrators to clear Auqaf land of encroachments

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 29: Minister for Hajj and Auqaf and Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri asked the Auqaf authorities to adopt innovative measures so that its assets are used in an optimum and gainful manner.

The Minister was speaking at a meeting of Administrators of Auqaf Islamia of Kashmir division here on Thursday.

Mr Veeri said that the Auqaf is working under a well-knit strategy to provide more facilities at shrines. “Efforts are afoot to use Auqaf land/assets available in the state for commercial purposes to make it a self-reliant and revenue generating unit”, he said.

The Minister directed the Administrators of Auqafs to remove all the encroachments from the Auqaf properties. He directed the Auqaf authorities to submit a detailed report of availability, nature of Auqaf land, status of court cases besides list of encroachers twice a month adding that  notices be issued to encroachers so that legal action is taken against them. “Conduct joint visits at sites located in your respective jurisdictions to closely monitor and assess the potential of Auqaf land so that suitable assets are constructed and also start fencing work on vacant land  wherever available,” the Minister instructed the concerned officers.

Laying stress on improving facilities and overall ambiance, Veeri directed the concerned authorities to devise a mechanism which will facilitate the devotees visiting the holy shrines. He said the caretakers should ensure that shrine properties are taken good care of, especially  wuzu khanas and landscaping of shrine premises.

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