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Waqf Properties Will Be Geo-Tagged, Digitised: Minority Affairs Minister

NEW DELHI: 

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has announced that the properties belonging to All India Waqf Board will be geo-tagged and facilities like school, college, hospital, community centre, common centre and hostel will be constructed on them.

“All Waqf properties will be geo-tagged and digitised. Schools, colleges, hospitals, community centres, common centres and hostels will be built on them,” Mr Naqvi said.

He said that funds to construct these facilities will be provided under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram.

The minister also said that the Centre will extend free coaching to Muslim girls preparing for for UPSC, banking and state services exams.

“Muslim girls will be given free coaching for UPSC, state services and banking services entrance exams preparation. We have talked to a few institutes and the process will begin this year after talking to all of them,” Mr Naqvi said.

The government has recently announced its decision to provide scholarship to five crore students belonging to the minority community in the next five years.

On Tuesday, Naqvi had announced to connect madrasas with the formal education system of the country in order to enable the students of these seminaries to “contribute to the development of the society”.

Modernisation of madrasas is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan that he laid out in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

“Hold Quran in one hand and computer in other,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said. 

The announcements are considered as Bharatiya Janata Party’s outreach to the Muslim community to gain their faith.

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