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Quami Waqf Boards Taraqqiati Scheme

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  • March 6, 2022
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Quami Waqf Boards Taraqqiati Scheme

Part of: Prelims and GS-II Policies and interventions

Context: The deadline for “Quami Waqf Boards Taraqqiati Scheme” has been revised from March 2022 to November 2023.

Key takeaways

  • Under the scheme, all Waqf properties are to be geotagged.
  • It began in 2017.
  • Ministry: Union Ministry of Minority Affairs
  • The scheme was envisaged on the basis of recommendations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
  • The government wanted to map the immovable assets under the Waqf boards, to ensure its proper utilisation and monetisation.
  • The exercise is also aimed at ensuring that these properties are not lost to encroachments and counter ownership claims.
  • According to estimates, there are over six lakh Waqf properties, out of which, in the last five years, 2 lakh properties have been geotagged.

Important value additions

  • A waqf (also known as wakf or hubous) is an inalienable charitable endowment under Islamic law.
  • It typically involves donating a building, plot of land or other assets for Muslim religious or charitable purposes with no intention of reclaiming the assets.
  • The state waqf boards were established by the state governments in view of the provisions of Section 9(1) of the Wakf Act, 1954.
  • India also has a Central Waqf Council to advise the government “on matters concerning the working of boards and the due administration of waqfs.”

News Source: TH

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