New Delhi : As per provisions of Section 32 of the Waqf Act 1995 as amended, general superintendence of all Waqf properties in a State is vested with the State Waqf Board (SWB) and the Waqf Board is empowered to manage the Waqf property. Further, as per Section 54 and 55 of the Waqf Act, Chief Executive Officer of SWB has power to take legal action against unauthorized occupation and encroachment of Waqf properties. Complaints related to encroachment, misuse and usurpation of Waqf properties which are usually received in this Ministry are hence forwarded to the concerned SWBs for taking appropriate action as per the provisions of Waqf Act 1995 as amended.
Further, Ministry of Minority Affairs implements Qaumi Waqf Board Taraqqiati Scheme (QWBTS) for better administration of Waqf properties and to safeguard and prevent encroachment of Waqf properties. Under QWBTS financial assistance is provided to SWBs towards computerization & digitization of records of Waqf properties, GIS Mapping of Waqf properties, maintenance of Centralized Computing Facility (CCF), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solution for better administration of Waqf properties and also for deployment of manpower viz. Assistant Programmer, Survey Assistant, Accountant and Legal Assistant. So far records of 7,85,934 immovable Waqf properties have been entered in WAMSI Registration Module and GIS Mapping of 2,33,264 Waqf properties have been done.
This information was given by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.