Muslim outfit raises apprehension over Wakf Bill

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 16:57

New Delhi: A prominent Muslim outfit
on Tuesday raised apprehensions over some clauses of Wakf
(Amendment) Bill 2010, saying they "blatantly" ignore the
recommendations of Sachar Committee.

The Bill, which was passed in Lok Sabha and now
awaiting Rajya Sabha`s nod, proposes a series of changes in
the way Wakf properties are managed across the country.

"The Ministry of Minority Affairs has overlooked and
ignored vital recommendations of the Sachar Committee as well
as the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the functioning
of Wakf boards," Syed Zafar Mahmood, President of Zakat
Foundation of India, said.

He said compulsory Wakf surveys recommended by the JPC
have been made optional in the bill, while suggestions of
inclusion of all post-Independence cases of Wakf for survey
have also been dropped.

Treatment of Wakf survey commissioner`s notification
as deemed mutation for purposes of revenue records and
determination of title of property, as recommended by the JPC,
has also been not included in the bill, Mahmood claimed.

The other criticism against bill is that the Ministry
has diluted the definition of the word "encroacher."

The organisation also asked the Archaeological Survey
of India to properly conserve the Wakf properties under it and
demanded that structures such as mosques should be allowed to
be used for the "purposes they are meant for".

Rajya Sabha MP Mahmood A Madani pitched for a "public
movement" if the government does not heed to their demands.


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 16:57
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