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Telangana State Waqf Board is one of the richest Muslim endowment bodies in India with property worth at least Rs. 5 lakh crore.

Telangana State Waqf Board is one of the richest Muslim endowment bodies in India with property worth at least Rs 5 lakh crore. But its riches are on mere paper as about 75 per cent of its land is under encroachment. Decades of corruption; mismanagement and irregularities in the Waqf Board and the indifference of successive governments have made the body a silent spectator to the destruction. And encroachment of its prime properties in Hyderabad and other parts of the state.

The Muslim endowment body has no records of many properties which are under encroachment. It is toothless to protect whatever it has or to increase its revenues through rent. While Hyderabad and its surroundings have seen tremendous economic activities over the last three decades; the Waqf Board lost several prime properties one after the other. In some cases, even the government was found to be encroaching on Waqf lands.

There are 33,929 Waqf institutions in the state with a total landed property spread over 77,538 acres.

There are 33,929 Waqf institutions in the state with a total landed property spread over 77,538 acres. However, over three quarters of endowed land (57,428 acres) is under encroachment. It is often said that given the massive properties owned by the Waqf Board; it can easily take care of the destitute and meet the educational needs of the Muslim community. However, such is the state of affairs that the Board depends on the government for funds to pay salaries to its staff and to meet other expenses. The Board actually has control over 20,110 acres, but hardly earns annual revenue of Rs 5 crore. Many tenants of Waqf properties either don’t pay rent at all, or pay rents that were fixed decades ago

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