The Sachar Committee in its report dated 17.11.2006 recommended to treat waqf as Public Premises as these properties are for the benefit of public and not for individual and encroachment on these properties to be treated as encroachment on Government Land.

In view of this, the Ministry of Minority Affairs moved a proposal to the Cabinet to have a Stand-alone legislation to protect Waqf Properties from encroachments and alienation, in consultation with the Ministry of Law, and the Cabinet has approved the feasibility of such legislation.

The new legislation when passed by the Parliament will be highly beneficial for the entire Muslim community as it will provide a perfect mechanism for protection of the waqf properties from encroachment.

It is hoped that the Waqf Properties (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Bill will now be introduced in the ensuing Session of Parliament and will be considered for passing by the Parliament.

(JPN)

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