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Videography of Waqf properties in Rajasthan

Jaipur: Rajasthan government has taken a decision to get all Waqf properties in the state videographed in order to protect them from illegal occupation. In the first stage about 3000 Waqf properties in the state will be videographed. In the whole state there are more than 20 thousand Waqf properties but in most of the places they are illegally occupied. The difficulty is that Waqf properties are not mentioned in the revenue records because of which these can be, and are, easily occupied illegally. The state government has made all preparations to get the Auqaf department computerised at a cost of Rs 30 lakh. Minister incharge of Waqf Department, Ameen Khan after discussing this problem with the officials of Waqf Board and other departments associated with Waqf had issued instructions to get all records of Waqf properties such as lands, buildings, places of worship, graveyards etc. rectified and updated and get them included in revenue records. Meanwhile, the minister, Ameen Khan has stated that disputes regarding Waqf properties in matters of rents etc will be decided by Lok Adalats for which special committees will be appointed whose members will be selected representatives like local sarpanchs and MLAs. The minister said that most of the disputes about Waqf properties are at places where prices of Waqf properties are very high. He said that a new policy for assessment of rents, based on a scientific method and study was devised and announced in July 2010. He said that legal assistance will be provided for quick disposal of pending cases of disputes so that the deserving persons, i.e., poor and needy people, widows, madrasas, orphanages etc could get the benefits accruing from these properties.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 19

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