New Delhi, March 08— In a laudable gesture aiming to strengthen social bond and communal harmony in the violence-hit areas of the National Capital, Delhi Waqf Board Chairman and lawmaker Mr Amanatullah Khan has announced a scheme for repair of the houses and shops torched and destroyed during the violence in the last week of February.
During the violence from February 23-26, hundreds of shops, houses, offices and vehicles were looted and torched by mobs of rioters in several parts of the northeast Delhi.
On Friday, Mr Khan, who is Member of Delhi Assembly from the Okhla constituency in South Delhi, gave Rs 50 lakh to a team of the Construction Committee of the Delhi Waqf Board to start construction work for the damaged houses and shops – irrespective of whoever their owners are.
“The Construction Committee of the Delhi Waqf Board will start repair work for all the houses and shops set afire during the Delhi violence. The board will help the owners irrespective of which religion they belong to. Today I gave Rs 50 lakh to the committee to start the repair work,” Mr Khan tweeted in Hindi Friday night.
His announcement is significant and praiseworthy because the welfare schemes of the Waqf Board are generally meant for the Muslim community. The board earns from properties mostly donated by Muslim rich men in the past for social causes.
Besides the economic losses, over 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured during the Delhi violence.
While the Delhi Police have started probe into the massive violence, the Delhi state government of Aam Aadmi Party, to which Mr Khan belongs, has also started monetary relief work at large scale. Till Saturday night, the state government had distributed around Rs 3 crores among the victims.