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SC to hear petition on computerisation of Wakf records Friday
Wednesday September 18, 2013 10:57 PM, Staff Reporter

The Supreme Court of India on Friday will hear a petition on digitization of all Wakf properties that are spread across the country.

The petition was filed on August 01, 2013 by advocate Shaad Anwer on behalf of Manav Vikas Seva Samti.

"The Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India, in December 2009 had directed the Wakf Boards in different states to computerise the entire records of the Wakf properties. Information sought under RTI showed that the necessary funds for the purpose were transferred to all state Wakf boards in January 2010. However, far from completing the computerisation, not a singly Wakf Board began working on the scheme", RTI Activist Saleem Baig of Manav Vikas Seva Samti said while talking to

"Therefore", he said, "We constrained to initiate legal action for completion of the said work by filing the PIL", he added.

After the PIL was filed, the central government started pursing the state wakf boards to know the progress of scheme. Moreover, question was also raised in Rajya Sabha regarding its progress.

Negligence regarding the Wakf properties is not new in India. Due to lacklusture attitude of the government towards the Wakf properties, their misuse is rampant, and most of the Wakf properties are either encroached over, or are sold on throw-away prices.

Community leaders also claim that a good number of Wakf properties are also occupied by the government.

It is also claimed that there are thousands of acres of lands which are said to be Wakf properties. They say that digitization of the Wakf properties will at least help in keeping the records of all Wakf properties, which will further help respective Wakf boards to plan for their safety.

In the recently concluded monsoon session the parliament passed the Wakf Amendment Bill. Special emphasis was given on digitizastion of Wakf properties in this bill besides other initiatives for their safety.

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