MUSLIM WAKF AND COMMUNITY WELFARE
It is one of the
basic problems faced by Indian Muslims that certain wakf properties have been
grabbed by certain agencies including Government institutions who have converted
them some into residential, office or commercial complexes forcibly Besides, there
are certain wakf properties that have been let out on nominal rent. Some of the
plots of land lying vacant forms subject matter of certain suits. If the Government
takes this matter seriously and the Muslims the biggest minority community of
India numbering several crores are able to get potential of this property, it
may bring about a. social and economic revolution and prove them an opportunity
to solve their problems since pending for want of proper finance, but to our great
disappointment our wakf boards have not been able to manage their affairs properly
for want of proper strategy and true spirit. Those who at the helms of the affairs
are more interested in achieving their own ends. Let them come forward and save
what is left out. Any positive response from that quarter is still missing. Even
the roles played by members of wakf board and their office bearers as also by
the Government are subject to scrutiny.
PROBLEMS FACED BY THE WAKFS
- Grabbing of wakf properties.
- Matters regarding wakf properties pending
in courts for several years.
- Lack of proper supervision of wakf land
- Need to ensure proper possession of wakf properties.
- Further amendment in wakf Act and legal protection.
- Wakf properties
be brought out of the purview of the Rent Control Acts.
- All wakf properties
must have boundaries.
- Wakf land be used for the welfare of the people.
- Welfare/Social Welfare and Development institutions or organisations
be set up on wakf land.
- Performance of the wakf board be watched constantly
DEMANDS TO THE GOVERNMENT
- Wakf laws be made more effective through further legislation.
- A proper
survey be conducted to identify the wakf properties and record/documents pertaining
there to be preserved.
- Educational institution, commercial complexes
and other social welfare oganisations be permitted to raise construction on wakf
- Wakf land and property be brought out of purview of rent control
- The Government may ensure that all wakf cases are consolidated
and transferred to a single court so that they are decided without further loss
of time and the orders passed in such matters are acted upon.
- The Home
Minister may ensure removal of unauthorised occupants from wakf properties and
their restoration to wakf boards.
- Entire wakf land grabbed on the pretext
of creating green belt be restored to wakf board and their land use be changed
and commercialised in proportion to population.
- A commission be set up
to inquire the irregularities committed by the wakf boards and suggest remedies
so that such irregularities are not committed in future.
- Only such persons
be nominated to the wakf boards who are pious, educated andwell-off so that they
may not misuse wakf property and use it as a political tool.
- At the time
of nomination of members proper weightage be given to their character, honesty,
religious spirit, interest for the community and such other attributes so that
some improvement be brought about in the working of wakf boards. Besides, members
of Wakf boards must know the language in which the wakf deeds have been scribed
and petitions are received.