The Central Wakf Council as a Statutory Body was established in December, 1964 by the Government of India under the provision of Section 8A of Wakf Act, 1954 (now read as sub section 1 of the Section 9 of the Wakf Act, 1995) for the purpose of advising it on matters pertaining to working of the State Wakf Boards and proper administration of the Wakfs in the country. The Council consists of Chairperson, who is the Union Minister Incharge of Wakfs and such other members not exceeding 20 in numbers appointed by Government of India as stipulated in the Act. The Secretary is the Chief Executive of the Council. The Council office at present works at Jamnagar House, New Delhi. In terms of Section 10(1) of the Wakf Act, 1995, the Council derives its income from the contribution received by it from the various State Wakf Boards @ 1% (one per cent) of the net income of the Wakfs. All administrative and other expenses of the Council are met out of from this income.
Central Wakf Council has been undertaking a number of developmental and welfare activities across the country with the help of various State Wakf Boards for the past couple of years. These activities have benefited the community. With a view to further enhance its horizon, the Central Wakf Council has emphasized certain new initiatives for the effective implementation of the existing Wakf Act at different states such as completion of surveys, establishment of Wakf Boards, list of encroached properties, proper collection of
Wakf income, maintaining accounts and auditing of income of the Wakfs and Wakf Boards, identification of Wakf land for development for generating higher income, so as to finance various welfare programme for the economic betterment of the community. The Council has been constantly in touch with the State Wakf Boards for devising various strategies to attain the objective outlined under the Wakf Act, 1995.