By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha yesterday said that Waqf Properties (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Bill, 2014 was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Justice & Empowerment for examination. The Report of the Committee was laid in the Parliament and its recommendations are under consideration at present.
According to data given by Minister, Punjab Waqf Board has the highest Number 5,610 of Waqf Properties encroached by Private/Public in the state, followed by West Bengal with 3,082 and Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board with 3,240 properties.
As per the provision of Section 54, the Chief Executive Officer of the Waqf Board is empowered to remove the encroachment from the Waqf property. Such removal is normally carried out with the help of State Government machinery. As per the available information with Central Waqf Council (CWC) received from various State Waqf Boards, State wise position of a number of Waqf Properties are facing encroachment is given at Annexure, he said.
Major provisions added in the amended Waqf Act 1995 giving more power to State/UT Waqf Boards to deal with encroachment on waqf properties inter alia include: stringent definition of “encroacher”; mandate to State Governments to appoint Survey Commissioners and complete the survey of waqf properties in a time bound manner; rigorous imprisonment for alienation of waqf properties without prior approval of the State/UT Waqf Boards; alienation of waqf property to be cognizable and non-bailable offence and three member Tribunals with extended jurisdiction to deal with disputes concerning eviction of a tenant. Central Government monitors and reviews compliance of various provisions of the Waqf Act by State Governments/ State Waqf Boards from time to time.
A state-wise position of a number of Waqf Properties with Encroachment
|S.No.||Name of Waqf Board||The number of Waqf Properties encroached by Private/Public|
|1.||Punjab Waqf Board||5,610|
|2.||Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board||3,240|
|3.||Board of Waqfs, West Bengal||3,082|
|4.||Tamil Nadu State Waqf Board||1,335|
|5.||Karnataka State Waqf Board||862|
|6.||Haryana Waqf Board||754|
|7.||Himachal Pradesh Waqf Board||503|
|8.||Delhi Waqf Board||373|
|9.||Chhatisgarh State Waqf Board||200|
|10.||Assam Board of Waqfs||191|
|11.||Bihar State Sunni Waqf Board||181|
|12.||Rajasthan Board of Muslim Waqf||164|
|13.||Manipur State Waqf Board||137|
|14.||Maharashtra State Waqf Board||81|
|15.||Bihar State Shia Waqf Board||58|
|16.||Kerala State Waqf Board||29|
|17.||Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board||12|
|18.||Tripura Board of Waqf||10|
|19.||Odisha Board of Waqfs||7|
|20.||Chandigarh Waqf Board||6|
|21.||Puducherry Waqf Board||5|
|22.||Jharkhand Waqf Board||2|
|23.||Andaman and Nicobar Waqf Boards||2|
|24.||Uttarakhand Waqf Board||119|