Govt working out scheme for payment of salaries to Imams

The Government is working out a plan to implement SC directive on payment of salaries to Imams, who are in-charge of religious activities in mosques.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 21:11 PM IST

New Delhi: The Government is working out a plan to implement the Supreme Court directive on payment of salaries to Imams, who are in-charge of religious activities in mosques.

CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat, who met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday, told reporters here today that she was informed that Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed has been told to work out a scheme for payment of salaries to the Imams as per the directives of apex court.
"Wakf boards do not have any funds and the government will do whatever is required to implement the Supreme Court judgement on the issue," Mukherjee told Karat when she raised the matter with him.

The Imams had approached the Supreme Court under Article 32 of the constitution for enforcement of fundamental rights against their alleged exploitation by Wakf Boards.
They sought a direction to central and state Wakf Boards to treat the petitioners as employees of the Board and to pay them basic wages to enable them to survive.

The Wakf board said Imams are not their employees and that they do not have the resources to pay them.

Following this, the Supreme Court issued directions to the government and the Central Wakf Board to prepare a scheme for payment of salaries.

PTI