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Central Wakf Council opposes Punjab Law Commission report on wakf

The Central Wakf Council took strong objection to the Punjab Law Commission recommendation for a review of the status of registered wakf properties, saying that this was totally unacceptable under a view held by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has already said that once a wakf property, always a wakf property,” Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters, while briefing them about the decisions taken at the Central Wakf Council (CWC) meeting here.

Mr Khurshid said the CWC had decided to convey to the Punjab Law Commission its strong opposition to its suggestion.

Besides, it would also request the Home Ministry to convey the suggestions of the CWC to the Commission.

Under the law, status of a property registered as that of the wakf could not be changed, it could only be challenged in a court, he sought to point out.

The Minister said the Law Ministry had returned the final draft of the amended Wakf Act which had been sent to it for whetting, and it would soon be taken to the Cabinet and come up in the next session of Parliament.

Replying to a question, he said he could not give much details about the proposed legislation before it came to the Cabinet, but could only say that it was aimed at strengthening the Wakf Administration.

One of the important decisions taken at CWC meeting was that all wakf records would be computerised to remove the problem of their availability and their retrieval.

Besides, a decision was taken to launch a massive campaign for informing the public about the ongoing survey of wakf properties.

A scheme for training in wakf management would be started at the Bhopal Institute of Management.

He also announced that the Human Resource Development Ministry had given in principle approval to the proposal of the CWC to set up three universities — in Ajmer, Kishanganj and Mysore — on land endowed by the community.

These universities would be Central universities and would not come in the category of minority institutions though aimed at promotion of the educational interest of minorities, Mr Khurshid said in reply to a question.

Details of the model were being worked out, he added.

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