Rampant Encroachment of Waqf Assets

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.

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