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Imams, Mouzans to get pay on a par with Archakas

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Hyderabad: Imams and Mouzans of mosques in the State will get a pay scale on a par with Archakas of the Endowment Department from the next financial year.

As of now, they receive Rs 1,500 as honorarium from the State Wakf Board.

AK Khan, Adviser on Minority Affairs to the government, said the government had already kept a provision to extend honorarium to 10,000 Imams and Mouzans in the current financial year. While 8,991 applied online, more than 95 percent were getting the monthly honorarium.

In 2016-17, the government paid Rs 1,000 each per month, which was increased to Rs 1,500 after Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao promised to hike the same during the Assembly session last year, Khan said.

The government is collecting details in this regard. It is yet to decide whether the amount would be given from the Wakf Board or directly from the Treasury Department. There were a few more modalities that had to be worked out.

Earlier, the government had earlier sanctioned Rs 12 crore. For the new pay scale, an amount of Rs 110 crore needs to be earmarked annually in the budget.

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