Central Waqf council
Polity & Governance
21st Feb, 2019
- Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi chaired the 79th meeting of the Central Waqf Council (CWC) in Kashmir.
- For the first time since the Independence, the Central Government has been providing 100 per cent financial help to utilise Waqf properties across the country for educational empowerment and job-oriented skill development of the needy sections of the society.
Central Waqf Council
- It is a statutory body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
- It was set up in 1964, as per the provision given in the Waqf Act, 1954 as National Level Apex Advisory Body to the Central Government on matters concerning the working of the Waqf Boards and the due administration of Waqfs in the country.
- The Council has also been empowered to advise the State Governments and State Waqf Boards. In addition to the expanded role of advice, it can also issue directives to the boards, State Government to furnish information to the Council on the performance of the board particularly on their financial performance, survey revenue records encroachment of Waqf properties and Annual and Audit report etc.
- The Council consists of Chairperson, who is the Union Minister in charge of Waqf and such other members, not exceeding 20 in number, as may be appointed by the Government of India.
- The office of the central Waqf Council is housed in New Delhi.
- Vision: Protection, Retrieval and E-monitoring of Auqaf under the provision of Waqf (Amendment) Act, 2013.
- Mission: Proactive role in protection development of Auqaf & to work closely with the State Waqf Boards to improve their functioning.
Functions of Central Waqf Council
- To advice Central Government, State Governments, State Waqf Boards on matters concerning the working of the Boards and due administration of Auqaf.
- Monitoring the implementation of the provisions of Waqf (Amendment) Act, 2013 in States and UT's.
- Render Legal Advices on protection and retrieval of the Waqf Properties and removal of encroachment etc.
- Implementation of the Scheme for Development of Urban Waqf Properties & Identification of potential Waqf land for development by National Waqf Development Corporation Ltd.
- Implementation of Educational and Women Welfare Schemes for empowerment of the poor specially women.
- Implementation of the Scheme of Computerization of the State Waqf Boards records, a Central sector scheme of Ministry of Minority Affairs.
- Implementation of the Scheme for strengthening of the State waqf Boards, a Central sector scheme of Ministry of Minority Affairs.
- To obtain necessary information from the State Government/Boards on the performance of the State Waqf Boards.
- To take up the Waqf matters with various departments of Central and state governments such as ASI, Railways, Revenue and Forest etc.
- To undertake awareness programmes to promote the interest of the Council and to sensitize the Waqf institutions about their new role and functions.