Hyderabad: The records section of the Telangana State Wakf Board was sealed late on Tuesday night following instructions from Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
According to sources, the Chief Minister had called a meeting of Minority Welfare and Wakf Board Officials on Tuesday evening, during which Wakf Board officials failed to produce records and gave “unsatisfactory answers”.
Higher officials informed the Chief Minister that there were unqualified employees in the Wakf Board who were appointed in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh and who were not maintaining records properly. The rent which comes from tenants was not audited for a long time as well.
The Chief Minister, expressing displeasure over the state of affairs, asked the District Collector to seal the record section and take over the Wakf Board office till further orders. The Collector and other officials reached the Wakf Board office around 9.30 p.m. last night and left around 1.30 a.m. after completing the proceedings.
Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali confirmed that the government has taken serious action to streamline the Wakf records. Such action was never taken in the history of the Wakf Board, he added.
Chairman, Wakf Board, Mohammed Saleem also welcomed the move and said the mistakes committed by previous governments have to be set right. “I had personally informed the Chief Minister about the staff inefficiency a week ago,” he added.