New Delhi, 30 March, 2016: My press release of National Conference of Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of State Waqf Boards at New Delhi today:



Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” should not be “fashion” but it should be “passion” for every Indian. “Patriotism is not a part of compulsion but it’s a part of passion”.

Addressing National Conference of Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of State Waqf Boards, Shri Naqvi said that patriotism is the first duty of every religion. There is no need for distributing certificates of nationalism and secularism. Nationalism is in the DNA of every true Indian. But it is a matter of concern if there is any baseless debate on patriotism and nationalism and if some people are raising questions even on the issue of nationalism.

Shri Naqvi said that the Modi Government has been moving forward with strong commitment to over-all development of all sections of the society including Minorities. Inclusive growth of Muslim community is our target and no negative agenda will succeed in the path of achieving this target.

Protection and development of waqf properties is an important step in this regard. There are 31 State Waqf Boards. There are 4,27,000 registered waqf properties across the country besides other properties who have not been registered. Waqf boards in several states are under control of “waqf mafia” due to which these properties are not being utilized properly.

Shri Naqvi said that, even after new Waqf Act, several states have not been able to utilize waqf properties for socio-economic-educational empowerment of Muslim community. Several waqf properties have been encroached by “waqf mafia”. There is a need for a campaign on war-footing in this regard.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government has instructed to all the waqf boards that there should be a computerized record of all the waqf properties; there should be a transparent system so that anybody can get information about these properties. Several states have been working well in this regard but several state waqf boards are not serious about on-line registration of waqf properties.

Shri Naqvi said that new Waqf Act, 2013 has been improved but there is need for further improvement. We will take steps towards improving waqf acts after taking suggestions from states, common people, educational institutes and religious organizations.

Shri Naqvi said that after this new Waqf Act, responsibility of Central Waqf Council and State Waqf Boards has increased. I am confident that Central Waqf Council will work towards connecting waqf properties with development of Muslim community.