Hyderabad: AIMIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi demanded that the state government take stern action against those who have encroachment the Endowments and Waqf lands and also lock the lands under these two departments to ensure that there is no registration.
Speaking in Friday's discussion of the Assembly's new Revenue Bill, the MIM leader expressed serious concern over the growing encroachment of land owned by the State Endowments Department, temple trusts, and Waqf board. He urged Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to end Waqf and endowment land registration and take stringent action against officials involved in the transfer of such land.
Owaisi said during the country's successive land reforms Muslims were the main losers. "Muslims had to forfeit lands under the Jagir Abolition Act, the Inam Abolition Act, the Urban Land Ceiling Act, etc," he recalled, adding that there was a Supreme Court judgement exempting institutional Inams and institutional Waqf lands from the Acts.
He said 70,000 acres of Waqf lands had been identified during an initial survey, and another 30,000 acres were identified in the second survey. The MIM leader called on the government to give the people who had notarized documents to report their plots one last chance. He wanted the government to raise only nominal fees for regularising lands and buildings due to the sharp drop in people's incomes due to coronavirus pandemic.
The MIM leader also suggested the development of Green Zones in Greater Hyderabad, which was at a faster rate, hailing the Chief Minister for bringing in a strong new revenue act. He also applauded Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao for taking many steps toward developing Hyderabad as a global city.