Malappuram: Several groups have lambasted the Waqf board’s decision to give one crore rupees to the Chief Minister’s welfare fund while withholding the financial aid to Khatibs, Imams, Muezzins and Madrassah teachers, citing financial crisis.
In a meeting presided by Minister KT Jaleel on 13th May, the board had decided to give three crore rupees towards pension of 588 former employees, medical aid for 260 persons and marriage doles for poor women from its own fund.
Chairman TK Hamza and members had taken part in the meeting. However, in a meeting convened on the next day, chairman announced a decision to withhold the aid distribution citing financial crisis. The same meeting then resolved to contribute one crore rupees to the CM’s relief fund and 10 lakh towards PM’s relief fund.
Out of the nine members who participated in the meeting, P. Ubaidullah MLA, MC Mayin Haji and Adv. PV Sainuddin disagreed with the decision. They opined that up to Rs. 25 lakh may be given to CM’s relief fund. However, with the endorsement of the majority members who supported the current government, it was decided to give one crore rupees.
A sum of Rs 70 lakh was allotted from the Board's own fund contributed by the Masjids, to distribute financial aid for 588 persons.
Though the Waqf board gave money upon the government’s request to institute Waqf tribunal at Kozhikode, the government did not either keep its word or reimburse the amount, said those who disagreed with the decision to contribute to CM’s relief fund.
Three crore rupees allocated to the Board in the budgets of last two years was not delivered.
Another member, PV Abdul Wahab MP did not take part in the meeting.