New Delhi: The government is planning to utilize waqf land for rightful usage as Union Minority Affairs Ministry plans to construct schools, colleges, ITIs, skill development centres, multi-purpose community centres (Sadbhav Mandap) "Hunar Hub", hospitals, business centres etc on waqf properties across the country.
Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Monday that under 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram' (PMJVK) these infrastructure would be built. Naqvi said that last week Cabinet approved "Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram" which has provision to utilise Waqf properties for various infrastructure for socio-economic-educational empowerment of the society. Around 308 districts, 870 blocks, 331 towns and thousands of villages have been covered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram.
Naqvi said that PMJVK would accelerate the utilisation of waqf properties for the benefit of the society. There are around 5.71 lakh registered waqf properties across the country. The wakf rules are being made easy and effective to ensure better utilisation of waqf properties and to free these properties, several of these entangled in disputes for several decades. Waqf properties in several states are not being utilised properly due to complicated rules.
The Central government will award those 'mutawallis' who will perform well in management of waqf properties to ensure utilisation of these properties for betterment of the society especially educational empowerment of girls. This award programme will be held every year. Naqvi said that "waqf mutawallis" are the "custodian" of waqf properties across the country and they should ensure that these properties are being utilised for betterment of the Muslim community.
Central Waqf Council is providing financial help to state waqf boards for digitalisation of waqf records so that state waqf boards can complete digitalisation work within decided time frame as 84 per cent waqf properties already have been digitised. Remaining waqf properties will also be digitised soon. Two legal support officers, 2 Zonal waqf officers, 2 surveyors are being appointed by Central Waqf Council in state waqf boards for preservation, maintenance, development of waqf properties and related legal matters.
Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs and Central Waqf Council is also helping those institutes which are being established and those who are running on waqf properties and are engaged in educational activities especially educational empowerment of girls.