About Karnataka State Board Of Wakfs:

        The Karnataka State Board of Wakfs is a statutory body constituted under the Wakf Act 1995 which is a Central Act. About 27,000 Wakfs are registered with the Board. These include Mosques and the rest are Dargahs, Idgahs, Khabrastans (burial grounds), Ashoorkhanas, Orphanages, Makans, etc.,

        The Board is made up of nominated and elected members from various categories and the Chairman is elected by the members. The staff of the Board is headed by the Chief Executive Officer who is a KAS Officer in the Senior scale. There are District Wakf Advisory Committee Offices in all the 29 districts of the State. 

        The Board exercises powers of superintendence and control over all the wakf institutions. The Board appoints Muthawallies and managing committees to the Wakf institutions from time to time after election or nomination by Jamaath as per their Scheme of Management. All the Wakf institutions are required to submit their Budget Estimate and financial accounts to the Board and the Board undertakes audit of the major institutions. The financial transaction of the Board itself is audited by the Government (State Accounts Dept.) and the Accountant General. The Board takes various steps to protect Wakf properties from encroachment and unauthorized occupation. The Board gives the administrative and legal support to the Wakf institutions who carry out their developmental and socio welfare activities.

How the Board helps the Wakf institutions?

        The Government of Karnataka releases Grant-in-Aid to take up repairs, renovations and constructions. So many Wakf institutions benefit from this every year. Small wakf institutions in remote villages having no sources of income benefit the most from this Scheme. The Board also engages Advocates to help the wakf institutions in protecting and safeguarding their properties. The Board is a party in cases before the Wakf Tribunal, Civil Courts & High Court and thus defends the interest of the Awkaf.  

Recoveries of rents by Wakf institutions and eviction of unauthorized occupants:

        Karnataka and Rajasthan are the only two States in the country who have adopted the Public Premises Act for the Wakf properties. 

        The Chief Executive Officer of the Board is the Competent Authority under the Karnataka Public Premises Act and he receives complaints from Wakf institutions whose tenants have become defaulters in the payment of rents or have over stayed the lease period. More and more Wakf institutions are utilizing this facility to find redress from the chronic problem of defaulting tenants who have occupied properties of the Mosques and are paying rents at a pittance. 

Prevention of encroachment of Wakf properties:

        Valuable Wakf properties go into the hands of unscrupulous land grabbers and the Board takes action to remove such encroachments by exercising powers undr Section 54 of the Wakf Act.  

Finances of the Board:

        The Board gets 7% wakf contribution from out of the income derived by the Wakf institutions after meeting their expenses, of which 1% is sent by the Board to the Central Wakf Council, New Delhi.  

FUTURE PLANS:

1. To set-up BPO Centers (OCR Software) in Bangalore and other District headquarters which will not only give financial benefits to the institutions but will also provide employment to educated muslim youth.

2. A Office-cum-Commercial Complex planned to be taken up at Bangalore in prime location at a cost of Rs.3.00 lakhs by the Board and a Wakf institution as a joint venture.

3. Wakf Taleem Foundation Rules 2005 framed and submitted to Government to bring the payment of scholarships to students by all the institutions under one umbrella.

4. Amended Grant-in-Aid Code for Wakf institutions submitted to Government which provides for taking up projects on matching grant basis. Construction of compound walls, new buildings, school buildings, and extension of buildings in rural areas with 75% contribution by Government envisaged. Taking up of such projects in Cities, District & Taluk headquarters with 60% contribution by Government also envisaged.

5. Proposal submitted to Government to include the Wakf properties under Section 22A of the Registration Act so that no wakf property can be registered by the Sub-Registrars unless they obtain a NOC from the Government.

6. Efforts are being made to re-claim 110 acres of prime land in Bellahalli Village and 72 acres in Medi Agrahara Village in the out-skirts of Bangalore City from the Government under the Religious and Charitable Inam Abolition Act.


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