Introduction

 

 

SOCIALWELFARE  SCHEME

As a result of the representation by the Chairman and members of the Board the Government has been pleased to increase the special grant of the Social Welfare Scheme from Rs.50 Lakhs to Rs.1 Crore in the year 2009-10.Board is giving monthly financial assistance to Ulamas as detailed below.

                                   Item                                         No.                  Aid Per month

                          Scholar in Arabic                                 45                          Rs.600

                         Teacher in Arabic                                531                         Rs.450

                                 Khadim                                       436                         Rs.350

The Board also intended to increase the monthly aid to the Ulamas from the next financial year itself. Board is also distributing financial assistance for treatment and marriage of poor girls out of this government grant.

 

SCHEME

 

  1. Defenitions:- In this Scheme unless the contest otherwise implies:

a)       “Registered” in relation to Wakf means registered by the Kerala Wakf Board under the Wakf Act 1954(Central Act 29 of 1954).

b)       “Scholar in Arabic language , literature and culture” means any person who has acquired the qualification – M.F.B, M.F.F, M.F.D.  Afzalul – Ulama or other equalent qualifications which the Sanction Committee may recognize from time  to time and who has imparted or has been imparting instruction in Arabic language and Islamic culture and teaching for a continuous period or not less than 10 years in any Arabic College/Colleges,   Dars in Mosque/Mosques, Madrassa/ Madrassas and other institution/institutions run for research and higher studies in Arabic language and literature and possesses a certificate to that effect issued by the aforesaid “Registered” institutions and has completed 60 years of age and not able to support himself  for his livelihood and whose annual income from in all sources does not exceed Rs.6,000/- (Income limit enhanced to 15,000/- from

        1-4-96 and to Rs.22,000/- from 1-4-2003)*

c)       “Teacher in Arabic language, literature and culture” means any person who has acquired sufficient knowledge in Arabic language, literature and  culture certified so by a “Scholar in Arabic language, literature and culture”, approved by the Sanction Committee and possesses a certificate issued by “Registered” primary or secondary (other than those referred to under Rule2(b) institution/institutions in which he had been imparting or has been imparting instruction in Arabic language, Islamic culture and teachings or person who has been rendering service as “Imam” for a continuous period of not less than 10 years in any “Registered” institution /institutions or Mosque /Mosques and have completed 60 years of age and not able to support himself for his livelihood and whose annual income does not exceed Rs 6,000/- (Enhanced to Rs.15,000/- with effect from 1-4-96 and subsequently to Rs.22,000/- with effect from 1-4-2003)

d)       “Khadim” means any person who had rendered or has been rendering service as an Attender in the “Registered” Arabic college/colleges or school/schools or Madrassa/Madrassas or Orphanage including the one engaged in attending and cleaning the ‘Registered mosque/Mosques and helping Imam for up-keeping the Islamic teaching, Culture and tradition for a continues period of not less than 10 years and possesses certificates for such experience and service from such registered institution/institutions and have completed 60 years of age and not able to support himself for his livelihood and whose annual income does not exceed Rs.6,000/- (Enhanced to Rs.15,000/- with effect from 1-4-96 and to Rs.22,000/- with effect from 1-4-2003)

 3. Beneficiaries of the Scheme: The Beneficiaries of this scheme shall be:-   

                 1. (i)       “Scholars in Arabic language, literature and culture”

                    (ii)      “ Teachers in Arabic language, literature and culture,” and

(iii)        the “Khadim” as defined under Rule 2 (b) (c) & (d) above

            respectively.

         2.The benefit shall also be extended to :-

e)      Orphans

f)         Widows

g)      Poor unmarried woman- towards marriage expenses

h)       Poor homeless persons – for constructing houses

i)         Destitutes:-

j)         Lepers & persons suffering from chronic dieases

k)       Handicapped persons

l)         Poor and brilliant students studying in Arabic Colleges, Madrassas, Darz in Mosques Schools, Colleges, Technical & Scientific institutions including medical and Engineering colleges  and for special coaching in I.A.S., I.P.S. and other examinations conducted in imparting training and job opportunities.

m)     Publication of books on Islamic culture, literature and tradition by deserving scholars and eminent writers.*

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1.       Income limit enhanced to Rs.15,000/- with effect  from 1 – 4 – 96 vide  G.O.(MS) No.355/99/RD dated 13 – 9 – 1999.

2.       Income limit enhanced to Rs.22,000/- with effect  from 1 – 4 – 96 vide  G.O.(MS) No.241/2003/RD dated 5 – 8 – 2003.

3.         The benefit shall also be available to:

                                                         i.            Orphanages

                                                       ii.            Arabic/Islamic Nursery schools;

                                                      iii.            Arabic colleges, Madrassas and Mosques

                                                     iv.            Aid to introduce Islamic studies and literature in Universities.

4.         To any other purpose, the sanction committee deems fit and suitable for the prospective  

        implementation of the scheme.

5.         Sanction Committee and its functioning:-

a.       The sanction committee shall consist of the Ministers shall consist of the Ministers of the Kerala Wakf Board.

b.      The Secretary of the Wakf Board/ Wakf Commissioner shall be the Convenor and the Secretary of the Sanction Committee.

c.       The meeting of the sanction committee shall ordinarily be held once in three months or as decided by the committee from time to time or as directed by the Chairman of the Wakf Board and the matters coming up for decisions of the committee, shall be taken unanimously or by the majority votes of members present.

d.      The meeting of the sanction committee shall be presided over by the Chairman of the sanction committee or in his absence, any member of the  sanction committee, elected for the time being from among the members of the committee as member presiding.  The quorum of the sanction committee shall be half of its total members

e.      The meeting of the sanction committee shall ordinarily be held at the Head Quarters of the Kerala Wakf Board at Ernakulam or at any place as directed by the Chairman of the Wakf Board.

                             5) Powers of the Sanction committee:-

                                                The sanction Committee shall have powers:

(1)          to call for application for financial aid from eligible persons and institutions

under the Scheme, through the convenor and Secretary/Wakf  Commissioner.

(2)          to conduct necessary enquiries on the application and all matters covered by this Scheme through Revenue authorities or through the officials of the Wakf Board or both, or as may be decided by the committee from time to time.

(3)          to scrutinize the applications and pass orders sanctioning or rejecting the applications for financial aid.

(4)          to decide and pass orders on the eligible amount of financial aid and its duration on all applications and matters covered by all the items other than those referred to under sub rule 1(i), (ii), & (ii) of Rule 3 above.  The quantum and duration of financial aid in respect of persons coming under sub rule 1 (i),(ii)&(iii) of Rule 3 are separately laid down under Rule 7(i) 

(5)          to sanction and invest suitable amount towards shares of the Board in the proposed Kerala State Wakf development Corporation with the aim of  securing prospects and profits and popularizing the activities laid down in this scheme and also to incur  necessary expenditure required for the purchase of necessary furniture, equipment, vehicles and other materials and also for appointment of staff and all other matters which the sanction committee, deems fit and necessary for the speedy implementation of the scheme.

(6)          to review the financial status  or other materials details of the person or institution to whom or to which the financial  aid is given and cancel, reduce or enhance the aid at anytime if circumstances warrant; and

(7)          to do such other acts which are found necessary for the future prospects and for the proper implementation of the scheme.

*Amendment

        In Rule 3 after sub Rule 2 (i) the following provisions shall be added as sub rule 2 (j)

Sub rule 2 (j) To pay maintenance to the Divorced Muslim Women as determined by a Magistrate ubder Section (1) and (2) of Section 4 of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce)Act 1986 (Central Act 25 of 1986) ( G.O. (MS) No. 308/95/Rd dated 14 – 6 – 1995).

6.  Eligibility for financial aid:-

   a. The financial aid under this scheme may be sanctioned to any person

       referred to  under sub rule (i),(ii) and in sub rule 2 (a) (b),(c),(d),(e),(f),(g),(h), & (i) and to the institutions mentioned under Sub   Rule 3(i),(ii),(iii) & (iv) of Rule 3 and for any other purpose, as contemplated under sub rule (4) of Rule 3.

b. Persons or institutions receiving any other grant from the Government shall not be eligible to get the financial aid under this scheme, for that purpose.

Explanation:- 

   (i)The eligibility of persons referred to under Rule 1 (i),(ii),(iii) of Rule 3     

      shall be subject to the qualification, age, experience, income and other

      conditions, etc. laid down in the definition under Rule 2(b),(c),&(d)

 

                                 (II) The Persons referred to under sub Rule 2 (a), (b),(c) (d),(e),(f),(g),(h),& (i) of Rule 3 shall be eligible to apply for financial aid only if their  applications contain certificates showing the income and the genuiness of application issued by the Revenue authorities or their Jama-ath  Mahal registered in the Wakf Board or by the competent authorities of the institutions, not liable to be registered in the Wakf Board  as the case may be.

                                   (iii) Institutions referred to under Sub Rule 3 (i),(ii)&(iii) of Rule 3 shall be eligible to apply for financial aid only if their application contain an affidavit of the competent persons of the institutions showing the financial position and genuineness of the application, duly attested by a Gazetted  officer which shall be verified and enquired by the Revenue authorities or the officers of the Board as decided by the Sanction committee from time to time.

(iv)                The financial aid to those referred to under such rules 1 (i),(ii),(iii) and sub Rule 2(a),  (b),(c) (d),(e),(f),(g),(h),& (i) of Rule 3 shall be available to persons whose annual income does not exceed Rs.6,000/- and in all other cases referred to under Sub Rule 3(i),(ii),(iii) & (iv) of Rule 3 the availability considering the merit of each application: may be as decided by the sanction committee.  (Income limit enhanced to Rs. 15,000/- with effect from 1- 4 – 96 and to Rs. 22,000/- with effect from 1-4 -9 (3)

 

7. Amount of financial aid and its duration:

1.       The financial aid to the persons referred to under sub Rule 1 (i),(ii) &(iii) their death or till their monthly income does not exceed  the prescribed limit at  a monthly rate of

       Rs. 150/-, Rs.100/- and Rs. 75/-respectively.

 

2.       The quantum and duration of the financial aid to those referred  to under Sub Rule 2(a),(b), (c),(d),(h), & (i)and Sub Rule 4 of Rule 3; on consideration of the merit of each application  or case may be as decided by the sanction Committee**.

8. Suspension and cancellation  of aid:-

                                (a)    If, at any time it is satisfactorily brought to the notice of the Sanction Committee that any financial aid was sanctioned by the committee or wrong or false information or mistaken grounds, the committee shall cancel the aid .The Chairman  of the Wakf Board , on getting information, shall be empowered to suspend  the aid, pending consideration by the Sanction Committee. The aid is liable for cancellation for the person getting the aid is absent from Kerala without sufficient and convincing reason for over 3 consecutive Calender months.

                                (b)     The finanacial aid  under this  scheme shall in all cases, subject to the condition laid down in this Rule, be available only to persons permanently residing in Kerala with membership in any Mahal or Jama-ath and only to the institutions established and run within the territorial limits of Kerala and having registration in the Wakf Board.

 

9. Method of Payments:-               

                The amount of financial aid due in a month shall be paid, before the 10th of every month by the Convenor and Secretary / Wakf Commissioner to the person or institution to his/its address by Money Order or Crossed cheque  on proper acknowledgement.     All other payments, which are not recurring in nature, be paid to the persons or institutions as per the directions of the Sanction Committee after obtaining proper receipt acknowledgement.  The Convenor and Secretary/Wakf  Commissioner shall open and maintain separate registers for keeping the accounts on allotment, sanction and disbursement of financial aid.  He shall also prepare and submit before every meeting of the Sanction Committee, monthly statement of account on allotment, sanction and disbursement with balance thereon, for its approval.

 

10. Sanction to be regulated with reference to the amount of grant:

                The Government may from time to time with the aim of popularising the scheme and to implement it properly issue, to sanction committee such general or special directions as they may deem fit and in the performance  of its duties and exercise of its powers, the Sanction Committee shall comply with any such direction.

(b) Powers to amend the scheme.

 The Powers to amend this scheme subject to the consideration of the suggestions and opinions of the Wakf Board Shall be vested  in the State Government

 11. Competent person  to sign the order of Sanction/ rejection on application:

 The financial aid applied for shall be ordered or rejected by putting signature  on the application form by the Chairman of the Sanction Committee or in his absence the Chairman of the Wakf Board on in his absence the member presiding in the meeting of the Sanction Committee. Every sanction or rejection of the application shall be followed by aproceedings of the Committee.

 12. Minutes,Agenda and Notice of the Meeting:-

                The Convenor and Secretary/Wakf Commissioner after having the approval of Chairman  of Kerala Wakf Board fix the date, place and time of the meeting and communicate the notice thereon to the members of the committee along with the Agenda containing notes on each item prior to 7 days of the date of meeting.  He shall keep and maintain the minutes of the meeting and shall present before every meeting of its approval by sending the extract of the minutes to every member together with the agenda and the notes thereon.

13. Change of address:-

The Change of Address of the person / institution to whom / which financial aid is granted shall immediately be communicated to the Convenor and Secretary and Secretary / Wakf Commissioner by the person / institution concerned.

 14. Interpretation:-

 If any doubt or dispute arises with reference to the interpretation of any of the clauses of this scheme the matter shall be referred to the interpretation of any of the clauses of this scheme the matter shall be referred to the Government whose decision on the same shall be final.

   15. Forms:-

  (a) The application for financial aid shall be in term & Appended to this Rule.

  (b) The Sanction Committee shall have powers to prescribe any form other than the one referred to under Rule 15 (a) above as found necessary in future for the implementation of the scheme

 

 

 

 

 

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