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In a major decision in favour of Muslims in J&K and Ladhak, the government of India has decided to establish Waqf Boards there.

This was announced by  Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi." The process for it has already started", he told media persons on Friday evening.

Naqvi said so after chairing a Central Waqf Council meeting in New Delhi. And later in a statement, he said that Waqf Boards will be established in the Jammu-Kashmir and the Leh-Kargil areas for the first time since Independence.

"It has become possible to do so only after the revocation of Article 370", he said and added that " the Waqf Boards in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will ensure proper utilisation of Waqf properties for the welfare of society."

As per Naqvi's statement, the Narendra Modi government will provide adequate financial assistance to construct infrastructure for socio-economic and educational activities on Waqf properties in the Union Territories under the 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram (PMJVK).

"There are thousands of Waqf properties in the Jammu-Kashmir and the Leh-Kargil areas, and the process has been started to register them", Naqvi said in the statement.

"Digitisation, geo-tagging or GPS mapping of these Waqf properties has also been initiated and the work will be completed soon."

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