States should take action against encroachment of Wakf assets
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Last Updated: Friday, May 07, 2010, 23:02
New Delhi: The Government on Friday expressed concern over the incidents of encroachment of Wakf properties and said it was for states to take corrective action.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said as per section 32 of the Wakf Act, 1995, the general administration of all Wakf properties in a state vests in the Board established by the state and it is the duty of the Board to exercise its powers to ensure that assets are properly maintained, controlled and administered.

"Therefore, it is the duty of the state government concerned and the state Wakf Board to manage the properties properly and take corrective action," he added.

Khurshid also admitted that there have been reports from time to time regarding encroachment of Wakf properties in various parts of the country on which even the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Wakf and the Sachar Committee have adversely commented upon.

"There have also been reports of illegal sale of Wakf properties in the country including in Mumbai. As the matter pertains to the domain of a state government and the remedial action is also to be taken by the state government concerned or the state Wakf Board, the Central government relies upon the states for appropriate corrective action," he said.

He also said the proposed amendments in the existing Wakf Act, 1995 aim at making the state Wakf Boards more effective in dealing with the problems of encroachments.

The government today passed a bill in Lok Sabha to streamline functioning of Boards across the country and check encroachment of Wakf properties.

Replying to another question, Khurshid said a scheme of grants-in-aid to the Central Wakf Council (CWC) for administrative expenditure has also been launched to strengthen CWC and improve its institutional capacity to deal with matters relating to the management of Wakf properties.


First Published: Friday, May 07, 2010, 23:02

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