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Reported by Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Sep 9, 2012

Wakf Board denies info, fined - The Times of India

 

HYDERABAD: Yet another incident in the endless saga of incompetence involving wakf properties, the State Wakf Board may have to shell out as much as Rs 25,000 for having refused to provide information on its properties in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district that was demanded through an RTI application filed two years ago.

 

The application was filed by city based scribe and RTI activist Mirza Ghani Baig on August 17 2010. His questions pertained to number of wakf properties in the two districts, the number of tenants the board has, the revenue generation and its use, selection of tenants, procedure for fixing rents, amount due to the board, and other issues related to the protection and maintenance of wakf properties. The board turned down the request replying that the information sought cannot be furnished under RTI Act. Even after appealing to the first appellant authority in the board, the information was not provided.

 

The applicant then moved the AP Information Commission which directed the Wakf Board to appear on August 6 this year. The board through its Assistant Public Information Officer informed the commission that information cannot be provided as the request was "not specific" for furnishing under RTI.

 

The commission reprimanded the board by saying that its stand was not correct and issued a show cause notice in addition to ordering payment of compensation to the appellant. A hearing was scheduled for September 7 for fixing the compensation amount but was adjourned as the board sought more time to present its stand. The applicant Baig said his objective was to bring in public domain the losses the board was incurring as the nominal rents from its properties have not been revised. tnn. "Properties in prime locations like Pathargatti where the rent for commercial space is more than Rs 10,000 are being leased for a few hundred rupees. Near Moazzam Jahi market a national bank which occupies one of the wakf properties is also paying meager rent. Many have even defaulted in payment of nominal rent. If the board gets its act in order this will benefit the community," he claimed.

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thanks for encouragement sajid bhai

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