The state government will bring a bill to check encroachments of Waqf properties. The draft of the proposed bill is ready and is likely to be tabled in the coming Assembly session,scheduled to kick off from September 16.
Earlier,the Samajwadi Party in its election manifesto promised a special law for removing encroachments from Waqf properties and handing them back to the Waqif (those who are registered under the waqf deed). It had also promised Waqf properties will be kept out of the purview of land acquisition.
Properties on which buildings have been constructed will be handed over to the Waqif and will be under the control of the Waqf board.
A meeting in this regard was held by the Minority Welfare Minister Azam Khan for finalising the draft of the proposed Waqf Bill. We had decided to keep Waqf properties out of Rent Control Act,but it was not implemented, Azam said.
The minister added that the proposed Waqf Act will show results only if it is implemented from retrospective effect,as there has been heavy encroachments on Waqf properties over the past decade.