Minorities Welfare Department (MWD) terminated the services of AP State Wakf Board (APSWB) chief executive officer MA Ghaffar on Thursday. The reason for the dismissal is said to be his inability to implement central government sanctioned computerisation of wakf records project. Abdul Hameed, executive officer of the AP State Haj Committee was given full additional charge of the post.
A government order was issued on Thursday ordering Ghaffar’s termination. But the missive notwithstanding, the board on Thursday evening initially rejected it and batted for Ghaffar, who also holds the post of deputy secretary, and stressed on the autonomous nature of the board. An APSWB board member said, “It is not binding on us that we accept the appointment of Abdul Hameed as the new CEO. According to section 23 of the Wakf Act of 1995, the government should appoint the new CEO after consulting the board and by notification of official gazette. The consultation has not happened.”
APSWB after calling a special meeting, told media persons later in the day that while Hameed was being appointed as the new CEO, they had passed a board resolution to retain Ghaffar as additional CEO. Syed Ghulam Afzal Biyabani, chairman, APSWB said, “We have passed a resolution to the same effect. However, we will be writing to the government to send a panel of three candidates from which we will choose. We have retained Abdul Ghaffar on the basis of seniority and expertise. Further, there is a lot of pending work.” Board members claimed that there were around 50 vacancies and all representations made to the government to fill them up have proved unfruitful. They declined to divulge the reason for Ghaffar’s dismissal. TOI