A delegation of Muslim organizations met Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar and demanded a monthly salary for imams. The delegation led by Abu Asim Azmi, Member of Assembly (MLA) from a Muslim dominant constituency named Shivajinagar in Mumbai.
The delegation includes the members of prominent Muslim organizations named Imam Council, All India Ulema Board, Jamiat Ulema E Hind and Sunni Tanjeem. They demanded that the Maharashtra Government must start salaries for Imams through the Waqf Board.
On January 23, 2019, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejariwal declared that the salaries of Imams and helpers in mosques in Delhi would be increased. He said that the salary for Imams would be increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 18,000 per month, while the salary for helpers in mosques would be increased from Rs 9,000 to Rs 16,000 per month. The decision applied to 185 mosques that come under the Delhi Waqf Board.