28 Apr 2012

Proper Maintenance, Control and Administration of Wakf Properties

The Government has said that the general superintendence of all auqaf in a State vests in the State Waqf Board as per the provisions of Section 32(1) of the Wakf Act, 1995, established or the State and it is the duty of the Board to ensure that the auqaf under its superintendence are properly maintained, controlled and administered. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Minority Affairs, said that as per the Wakf Act, 1995, the Waqf Board is empowered for recovery of waqf properties and for removal of encroachment from waqf properties. He also informed the House that the Union Government does not propose to bring Wakf land into the Central List by amending the Wakf Act. 

Shri Khurshid further informed Lok Sabha that the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Waqf, in its 9th Report, presented to Rajya Sabha on 23rd October, 2008, recommended computerization of records of the State Waqf Boards (SWBs) with central financial assistance. The proposal was approved by the Government and the scheme of computerization of records of State Waqf Boards was launched by the Ministry of Minority Affairs in December 2009. This is applicable to all the 30 State Waqf Boards in the country. The main objective of the scheme is to streamline record keeping, introduce transparency in functioning of the Waqf Board and to computerize various functions & processes of the SWBs, Shri Khurshid said. 

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