PRESS RELEASE Published On:17.4.2012

Memo: 139(40)-ICA/NB/PR                                                                                 

Many Imams in West Bengal are living in a very pitiable condition without proper income and educational opportunities for their children due to lack of any initiative on earlier occasion. The Government has been considering to initiate a package including payment of suitable honorarium to Imams. The Department of Minority Affairs & Madrasah Education has constituted a ‘Task Force for welfare of Imams’ headed by Justice (Retd.) Md. Abdul Ghani, Chairperson, Wakf Board and comprising of other twenty seven members. The Government has offered to give monthly honorarium of Rs. 2,500/- to such Imams through Wakf Board on receipt of recommendation from the Task Force. The Task Force will utilise the services of District Magistrates, District Officers of Minority Affairs, BDOs, EOs of Municipalities. The Task Force will submit its report within two weeks. Payment will be made through Bank A/c only. The Imams of the Mosques established before 1st January, 2012 will only be covered in this scheme. The Imams not enrolled with Wakf Board will also be entitled to get the honorarium provided that they will have to be registered initially with the Wakf Board for which the Board should start the process immediately.
The honorarium will be paid with effect from 14th April, 2012 (Baishakh 1, 1419).