For the efficient management of Waqf properties and its activities,
the Waqf Board officials of the states from all over India along
with the officials of revenue and police department will also be
This was stated by Dr. M. R. Haque, secretary Central Waqf Council,
(CWC), New Delhi, while addressing a day-long meeting of Chief
Executive Officers, (CEOs), from various parts of India here at the
RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration & Management here on Saturday
In the meeting the issue of intensive training for the management of
Waqf properties was discussed. The focus of the meeting was on
various aspects of Waqf management and the problems faced by the
board officials in their day-to-day working. The meeting discussed
the issues and problems on which the training is required to be
Dr Haque informed the meeting that Waqf properties have been donated
by people for the welfare and benefit of the poor, widows and
travellers. There are a lot of such properties which have been
earmarked for religious works and education purpose by the donors.
However, lot of these properties have
been encroached upon, he pointed out. The Waqf properties under the
control of Waqf Boards are also not generating the expected required
funds as they should have. The generation of more funds would go a
long way in ameliorating the lot of the people, he added.
He said as such the Government of India has introduced several
schemes for this and loopholes in the law is being bridged. In this
context Waqf Act Amendment Bill is to be introduced in Parliament
for approval after discussion, Dr. Haque informed.
Dr Haque said the computerization of Waqf records has started all
over the country so that after digitalization of records the work
can be done online. Together with this for the development of Waqf
properties efforts are being made to broaden the base of the present
Central Waqf Council and turn it into a Corporation.
However, for all this to succeed, Dr. Haque said arrangements have
to be made for imparting proper management training to government
officers and Waqf Board officers in managing Waqf properties. This
work has been started by the Central Waqf Council, New Delhi in
collaboration with RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration &
Management, Bhopal. The Government of India's Department of
Personnel and Training is willing to cooperate in this endeavour for
successfully implementing the training programmes, he added.
Out of 28 Waqf Boards in the country CEOs of only seven states
turned up for the meeting. Those who participated in the meeting
included Nur-ul-Haque,(Guwahati), A. K. Ansari (Gujarat), Munir
Ahmed (Karnataka), P.M. Jamal, (Kerala), Asif Ali & Manzoor Khan (Maharashtra),
Iqbal Ahmed Khan, (Haryana), Dr. S. M. Zaidi, (Madhya Pradesh). All
these CEOs gave their useful suggestions to provide training for
officials for the management of the Waqf property.
At the outset Sandeep Khanna, Director General of the RCVP Noronha
Academy of Administration & Management, while welcoming the CEOs and
other officers expressed the hope that this important meeting with
the help of experts would prepare ideal guidelines and training
schedules for officials for the better management of Waqf
Dr. Mohammad Najmi, Professor of Law in the Academy of
Administration, thanked the officials present in the meeting. In
fact the training of officials involved in Waqf management is the
brain child of Dr. Najmi.
Talking to this Correspondent Dr. Najmi said that from January 4
next year 84 IPS officers will undergo training in the Academy
wherein lectures pertaining to Waqf properties and its management
would also be delivered along with other routine lectures during the
training period. After this in February 2010 revenue officers will
undergo training who will be lectured on financial matters
pertaining to Waqf properties.
It may be mentioned here that Madhya Pradesh has become the first
State in India that organized the meeting of CEOs of the Waqf boards
from various parts of the country to discuss the problems faced by
them in their working.