Proposed amendment bill to strengthen Waqf Council: Khurshid

The Bill is pending with the Upper House of Parliament after it was approved by the Lok Sabha last year.

Last Updated: May 08, 2011, 20:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid reservations of Muslim organisations on the proposed amendment to the Central Waqf Act, Minorities Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said
the Government by proposing the Bill, is trying to give more powers to the Central Waqf Council.

"Efforts are being made to empower the Waqf Council so that it can decide on the properties related issues of Waqf Board," Khurshid said referring to the proposed legislation while addressing a gathering of All India Qaumi Tanzim`s national council meeting here.

Advocating the proposed bill without commenting on the reservations expressed by Muslim organisations, he said necessary provisions have been made in the legislation to give more powwers to the Central Waqf Council.

The Bill is pending with the Upper House of Parliament
after it was approved by the Lok Sabha last year.

"Presently the Bill is in the Rajya Sabha. Necessary
provisions have been made in it to give more powers to Central
Waqf Council. Once the Bill is passed, Waqf Council would be
able to interfere in the issues related to its properties,"
Khurshid said.

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had
openly criticised the Bill last month during its meetings in
Hyderabad.

AIMPLB has demanded that its reservations must be
addressed before the Bill is presented in the Rajya Sabha for
voting.

Besides the amendment Bill, Khurshid also spoke on
the scholarship scheme for children from Muslim community.

He said last year almost 60 lakh children from the minority
community benefited from the scholarship.

He said, Government through the Sachar Committee and
its 15 Point Program has taken a noble initiative to uplift
the minorities.

Speaking on the occasion, President of All India
Qaumi Tanzim Tariq Anwar praised the Prime Minister`s 15-point
programme, saying, "It is a good initiative, but a lot has to
be done. The recommendations of Sachar Committee and Rangnath
Mishra Commission have to be implemented at the ground level."

PTI