New Delhi, 07 Jan, 2017:Salient points of my address during All India Waqf Conference at New Delhi:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the Central Government, National Waqf Development Corporation (NAWADCO) and Waqf Council have started a campaign on war footing to utilise the waqf properties for socio-economic-educational empowerment of Muslim community.

While addressing All India Waqf Conference at SCOPE Complex in New Delhi, Shri Naqvi said that I am happy that several states have come forward in regard with better utilisation of waqf properties for progress of Muslims. Various states have been performing very well in this regard.

Shri Naqvi said that we are making efforts to ensure that all the waqf boards and their records across the country are computerised. Minority Affairs Ministry has been providing all possible help to the state waqf boards. The Computerisation of waqf boards and their properties will help in ensuring transparency in functioning of waqf boards.

Shri Naqvi said that Minority Affairs Ministry has been working on different strategies for welfare of Muslim community which include protection and development of waqf properties.

Shri Naqvi said that some of the waqf boards are under the clutches of “Waqf Mafias” which has created obstacle in utilisation of these properties. We have started a campaign on war footing to free these waqf properties from the clutches of "waqf mafias" across the country and we are receiving positive results. But serious irregularities in some waqf boards have also come to our notice and we are considering to give the matter to Central investigation agencies for an investigation.

Shri Naqvi said that a one-man “Board of Adjudication” at the Central level has been established to deal with complaints regarding waqf properties. The board will be headed by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court. Three-member tribunals are being established in the states. About 24 states have established these tribunals so far. Other states should also do this soon. There are about 4,49,314 registered and non-registered waqf properties across the country. The number of these properties will be increased after computerisation of waqf boards.

Shri Naqvi said that in the year 2006, it was estimated that the annual income of state waqf boards was only Rs 163 crores while valuation of the immovable properties was around Rs 1.2 lakh crores. At 10 per cent revenue of the value of the waqf properties, thy have potential to generate Rs 12,000 crores annually. This money can bring a change in life of Muslim community.

Shri Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry, in cooperation with the state governments, will construct schools, colleges, malls, hospitals, skill development centres etc and revenue generated will be utilized for educational and other developmental activities for the Muslim community. Multi-purpose community centres "Sadbhav Mandap" will also be constructed on waqf land which will be utilized for marriage ceremonies, exhibitions and also relief centres during a calamity.

Shri Naqvi said that there is no dearth of schemes and funds for development of minorities, poor people, weaker sections. Results of schemes and programmes should be visible at grass root level. The welfare schemes should not remain on paper but they should be converted into a reality.

The officials should visit villages to monitor that benefits of welfare schemes are reaching to every needy person. “Progress Panchayat” will proved to be an effective mission for this purpose. 
Minority Affairs Minister has been making all out efforts to ensure that welfare schemes such as “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Nai Manzil”, “Nai Raushni”, “Ustaad”, “Nai Udaan” become guarantee of empowerment of poor belonging to Minority communities.

Besides, “Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karykram” (MsDP) has been providing basic amenities such as school, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure in Minority concentrated areas. Employment oriented schemes are our priority. “Employment to every hand” is our commitment.

All India Waqf Conference was attended by CEOs, chairmen and other officials of about 20 state and UTs waqf boards.