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Dehradun, September 28
It is for the first time that a Provincial Civil Service-level (PCS) officer, Sadia Rashid Khan, has been made the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uttarakhand Wakf Board (UWB). This appointment has infused a new life in this waning body, which had been marred by allegations of corruption and intra-feud among members till now.

Khan, who is also Deputy Mukhya Nagar Adhikari, Dehradun Municipal Corporation, will hold this additional charge. She said, “I am reading the Wakf Act in detail. I have also called a meeting of all the members to understand the issues or controversies related to UWB.” She said she was intending to give three days of a week to work related to Wakf.
While speaking on her priorities, she said, “It is surprising that the UWB does not have a proper office in town. A two-room rented accommodation and three-member staff at present is grossly inadequate. Hence I would ensure a proper office set-up and appointment of the required staff in the first place.” She is aware about the problem of widespread encroachment over Wakf properties by vested elements throughout the state. “The Wakf properties in the state are worth billions of rupees. Despite that the UWB is in poor condition. It is, therefore, important to conduct a survey to ascertain the number of Wakf properties lying in the state. At present, there is so much confusion as people who have encroached upon Wakf properties are claiming these as theirs. The survey will clear the picture. It can only be done on the direction of the state government,” she added. She indicated appointment of a new chairman of the UWB. Former chairperson Rao Sharafat Ali was removed on the charges of corruption.


UWB member Razia Begh lamented about the disinterest of the state government in the smooth functioning of the UWB. She said, “It has been almost a year and the state government has not yet deputed a CEO or chairman of the UWB. No meeting could took place. Moreover, appointment of one nominated member by the present government of Rao Kale Khan also turned controversial, and was challenged in the High Court.”
Another member Mufti Raees said Rao Kale Khan was brought in for being close to BSP MLA Sarvat Kareem Ansari. He claimed to be member of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind, which was found false.
Member Hafiz-ur-Rahman, however, hoped that things would improve drastically in the UWB with the entry of Sadia Rashid Khan. He said: “Till now, officers of the lower rung had been deputed on the post of CEO. They could never do justice to the post for either being hand-in-glove with a corrupt chairman or locking horns with him.” 
The Wakf properties in the state are worth billions of rupees. Despite that the Wakf Board is in a poor condition. It is, therefore, important to conduct a survey to ascertain the number of Wakf properties in the state. At present, there is so much confusion that people who have encroached upon the Wakf properties are claiming their ownership. The survey will clear the picture. It can only be done on the direction of the state government.
— Sadia Rashid Khan, Deputy Mukhya Nagar Adhikari, Dehradun Municipal Corporation


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