The Union Minister of
State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs
Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that some vested interests are creating
various obstacles in development of waqf properties and utilisation of
these properties for welfare of the society. Shri Naqvi said that
serious irregularities in some State Waqf Boards have also come to
notice. A high-level inquiry has been going on into these matters and
strict action will be taken against those people who are responsible.
Shri Naqvi stated it while addressing the 75th meeting of Central Waqf
Council in New Delhi, today.
The Minister said that proper utilisation of waqf properties is an
important part of our efforts towards empowerment of Minorities. Several
State Governments and Waqf Boards have been performing very well in this
Shri Naqvi said that Central Government is making efforts to ensure that
all the waqf boards and their records across the country are made
digital. Minority Affairs Ministry has been providing all possible help
to the state waqf boards. The Computerisation of waqf boards and their
properties will help in ensuring transparency.
Shri Naqvi said that a one-man “Board of Adjudication” at the Central
level has been established under the chairmanship of retired Supreme
Court justice to deal with complaints and disputes regarding waqf
properties. Three-member tribunals are being established in the states.
About 24 states have established these tribunals so far. Other states
should also do this soon.
There are about 4,49,314 registered and non-registered waqf properties
across the country. The number of these properties will be increased
after computerisation of waqf boards. It has also been come to our
notice that some waqf boards are not registering the waqf properties
properly during the computerisation process. Strict action is being
taken in such complaints.
Shri Naqvi said that in the Budget 2017-18, Rs 3.30 crore has been
allocated for computerisation of records of state waqf boards; Rs 9.70
crore have been given for strengthening of state waqf boards while Rs
3.18 crore have been allocated as grants-in-aid to Waqf.
Shri Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs under the guidance
of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been working towards
socio-economic-educational empowerment of Minorities as a mission and
commitment. Keeping this in mind, the Centre has increased the Budget of
Minority Affairs Ministry in the Union Budget (General) 2017-18. This
increased budget will be helpful in socio-economic-educational
empowerment of Minorities.
The Budget of Minority Affairs Ministry has been increased to Rs 4195.48
crore for 2017-18. This is Rs 368.23 crore more than 2016-17 Budget of
Rs 3827.25 crore with an increase of about 9.6 per cent.
Shri Naqvi said that the Government’s efforts for empowerment of
Minorities include “Progress Panchayat”, “Hunar Haat”, “Gurukul” type
residential schools, “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre”, “Begum
Hazrat Mahal Scholarship” for girls, establishing five world class
educational institutes for Minorities and 500 quality residential
schools and job-oriented skill development centres.