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Instead of Selling, Give Waqf Land on Lease for Better Use: Ataur Rahman Qasmi

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Most of the pieces of Waqf land are under adverse possession and if the government, in this situation, comes up with the proposal of sale off of the land, the clearance of which from adverse possession is next to impossible and which generates relatively lower funds, will open the door especially for the influential people to usurp all properties of the Waqf Board. Instead, the government and the Waqf Board as well, should allow using these lands on lease as it is the only way to make best use of the land along with holding the title suit of the same. These views were expressed by Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, member All India Muslim Personal Law Board, during his talk on ‘Flaws in Waqf Amendment Bill 2010’ at the headquarters of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat in New Delhi on 28 June.

Elaborating the issue, the learned speaker said that the proposal states that if a piece of land is under adverse possession and its clearance is almost impossible then the government will be liable to sell the same with the consensus of two-third of the board members. However, the mosques, dargahs and graveyards are exempted from the proposal. Maulana Qasmi said the government itself nominates the board members and it would be cake walk for the government to ‘buy’ two-third of all the members whenever it wants. The Maulana further warned top brass of All India Muslim Personal Law Board to restrain from supporting the bill because as soon as the bill is passed all the parliamentarians would become members of Waqf Board.

Referring to the Waqf Boards of the Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, Maulana Qasmi said these states are generating good funds through the properties of Waqf and this has become possible for them only because they have given the lands on lease. The Maulana rightly said that when the government issues an advertisement regarding sale of a far-flung land it always attracts many buyers. Then, what will stop them from coming if the government invites them to give them the same land on lease? No one knows why the government is thinking of selling the lands instead of clearing them from adverse possession?



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