Geo Tagging and Digitalisation of Waqf Properties

Geo Tagging and Digitalisation of Waqf Properties

Updated on 20 June, 2019

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  • Centre has decided to start a programme on war footing to utilise Waqf properties across the country for educational empowerment and employment oriented skill development.
  • A programme has been launched for 100 per cent Geo tagging and digitalisation of Waqf properties to;
o   Ensure these properties can be utilised for welfare of the society. o   Ensure transparency and safety of Waqf records.
  • For the first time since Independence, Government has also decided to provide 100 per cent funding to develop schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, hospitals, multi-purpose community hall “Sadbhav Mandap” on Waqf land under Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karykram (PMJVK).
  • Government has expanded development programmes for Minorities in 308 districts of the country.
  • A five-member committee, constituted to review Waqf properties lease rule, headed by Justice (Retd) Zakiullah Khan, has recommended to ensure that Waqf rules are made easy and effective for better utilisation of Waqf properties and to free these properties, several of which are entangled in disputes for several decades.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) It seeks to provide better socio economic infrastructure facilities to the minority communities particularly in the field of education, health & skill development which would further lead to lessening of the gap between the national average and the minority communities with regard to backwardness parameters. Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) MsDP is a special area development scheme designed to address the 'development deficits' seen in Minority Concentration Districts.
  • Central Waqf Council 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.
  • It acts as an advisory body to the central government on matters concerning the working of the Waqf Boards and the due administration of Auqaf.
  • 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.

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