The Joint Parliamentary on Wakf submitted its 9th report to Parliament on 23.10.2008. The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Wakf in its 9th Report recommended computerization of the records of State Wakf Boards at an estimated cost of Rs.25 Crore. The proposal was considered in the Ministry. The Prime Minister has approved the proposal and a token provision of Rs 10 Crore has also been made in BE 2009-10.
Objective: The Wakf properties are spread out all over the country but even the basic survey of waqf properties have not been done in most States. There is hardly any development of waqf properties and a very substantial income that the waqf properties could have generated for the welfare schemes of the community are lost because of non-development and large scale encroachment of waqf properties. Therefore, to streamline record keeping, introduce transparency, and to computerize the various functions/processes of the Wakf Boards and to develop a single web based centralized application, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Waqf, in its Ninth Report, recommended computerization of the records of the State Waqf Boards and Central financial assistance to the these Boards. The broad objectives of computerizing the records of the State Wakf Boards are:
Phase 1: Ensuring proper survey and cross checking of Wakf data from various computer data bases maintained at the state level, such as by Revenue Departments etc. Improving office efficiency and preparation of timely reports on various administrative matters. Creation of a centralized and web-enabled data base for use by various stake holders.
Phase II: (after evaluation of Phase I & its success) GIS of Wakf Properties to develop coordinates to prevent encroachment. Funds Management to Mosques, Durgah, Kabristan, Imams, Muazzins, widows, scholarships, schools, hospitals, Dispensaries, Musafirkhanas, Skill Development Centres etc.
Phase III: (Better administration of Wakf Boards) Computerisation of other peripheral activities of the State Wakf Boards (Pay and Accounts, Establishment, Administration, CR etc)
Scope, Eligibility & Finance: The scheme of computerization is uniformly to be applicable across all the 29 State Waqf Boards and any other Wakf Board like J&K, making a special request for funding subject to availability of funds. . The year project also encompasses a handholding support period of 2 years during 2010-11 and 2011-12 with minimal financial support to hire some computer personnel by Waqf Boards to stabilize the new system and train Waqf Board officials.
Funds will be released to NIC or their nominee and to the State Wakf Boards directly for effective implementation. Utilisation Certificates will be routed through State Governments by the Wakf Boards concerned after due expenditure.
The grants in aid would be provided to such State Waqf Boards who undertake to fulfil the following conditions:
The Grant-in-aid would be provided to 30 State Waqf Boards for the Scheme of the Computerization of the records of the State Wakf Boards. As per the list below:
|3.||Andaman & Nicobar Islands|
|5.||Shia Waqf Board|
|6.||Sunni Waqf Board|
|9.||Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
|25.||Shia Waqf Board|
|26.||Sunni Waqf Board|
|29.||J&K (Not covered under the Wakf Act,1995)|