New Delhi:  The UPA Government has failed to keep its promise with minority groups of constituting an equal opportunity commission and is yet to provide any law for the protection of Waqf properties worth thousands of crores of from illegal possession.

As compared to 2004, the Congress managed to register 30 more parliamentary seats in the minority dominated 121 districts in 2009 general elections by making such promises.

The Congress party had made a promise to table a bill on equal opportunity commission in Parliament within a year, but even after two years the cabinet is yet to ratify the proposal because of internal feud among the ministers of the UPA government.

Considering the help extended by state Waqf boards to poor Muslims, the government had proposed a plan for aiding the Waqf board at the Centre as well the states by allocating a separate fund for them in the budget. However, the Planning Commission did not give its nod to the proposal, sources said.

 A joint parliamentary committee (JPC), headed by Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Rahman Khan, had three years back recommended an amendment in the Waqf Act to protect the Waqf properties from illegal possession.

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha but the government handed it over to the Select Committee prior to its passage in the Rajya Sabha.  Even after the passing of one year, the bill is still pending with the parliamentary panel.

JPN/Bureau