Srinagar: A Rajya Sabha committee, which is studying the new amended Muslim Waqf Act, has recommended for election of members of all the state Waqf boards.

JKPCC chief and Chairman of the committee, Saif-ud-Din Soz said on Monday the purpose of the panel was to ensure protection and proper utilization of Waqf property in the country by making the Act comprehensive.

Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz-led Rajya Sabha committee has been in Jammu & Kashmir for the past two days.

The committee includes Prakash Javadekar, Rashid Alvi, Rajya Sabha Joint Secretary, S K Watts, and Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha, Mohammed Afzal.

“The purpose of the Amendment Bill is to protect Waqf property all across the country.  The selection committee has met more than 100 people so far in this regard.  We have discussed the Amendment Bill with the Jammu - Kashmir Waqf Board,” Soz told reporters adding that there is lack of coordination between Waqf Board, Kashmir and Waqf Council, Jammu.

“The property of Waqf Board has been damaged not only in Jammu & Kashmir but all across India by its own officials. We have been taking steps to protect the property,” Soz highlighted.

On spreading education among Muslims, Soz said Waqf Board will play a crucial role.