Development of Urban Waqf Properties

  1. With a view to protect vacant Waqf land from encroachers and to develop it on commercial lines for generating more income in an order to widen welfare activities, Central Waqf Council has been implementing this scheme since 1974-75 with yearly grant-in-aid from the Central Government. Under the Scheme, loan is extended to various Waqf Institutions in the Country for taking up economically viable buildings on the Waqf land such as commercial complex, marriage halls, hospitals, cold storage etc. For this, the Central Government has released a total grant-in-aid amounting to Rs. 42 crores 26.41 lakhs only between September 1974 to March, 2014, and in turn the Central Waqf Council has extended loan to 137 projects approved by the Council as well as by the Government of India. Out of these 137 projects 85 projects have been completed in all respect and are yielding income. The loan amount is repaid to the Council by the loanee institutions in easy instalments and the amount thus repaid forms  Revolving Fund, which is again utilized for advancing loans up to Rs. 50 lakhs to the Minor Development Projects on Waqf properties. From this Fund, the Council had released a sum of Rs. 5 crores 29.11 lakhs to 91 projects  out of which 79 projects have been completed.
    Therefore, with the total grant-in-aid of Rs. 42 crores 26.41 lakhs received by the Council, it has been able to get 163 projects completed and the work on the remaining sites is in nearing completion. This has received appreciation of all sections of the society describing it a magic of management. The grant-in-aid received by the Central Waqf Council is forwarded to the loanee Waqf in the form of interest free loans for the Development of Urban Waqf Properties while the Council bears the entire expenditure on the staff working in the Scheme as well as other expenses on paper, postage etc. Against this service rendered by the Council, it puts two conditions on the loanee Waqf institutions i.e.
    (i) they would pay 4% donation on the outstanding loan to the Education Fund for the Educational Scheme of the Council meant for educational upliftment of the poor  Muslims;
    (ii) after the repayment of the loan, they would spend 40% of their enhanced income on the  education of the Muslims particularly on the technical educations.

Under the above scheeme, the proposal are recieved through the respective State Waqf Board with prior permission of the state government. The important criteria to process the case is economic viability of the project on a Waqf land, free from encrumbence.

  1.         Scheme for Strengthening of State Waqf Boards

As per the decision of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) meeting held on 27/12/2013 for the Scheme of Strengthening of State Waqf Boards, Central Waqf Council has been involved by the Ministry of Minority Affairs as the implementing agency of the above scheme during the 12th plan period. The scheme provides for financial assistance to the State Waqf Boards through Central Waqf Council for protection, development and better management of  Auqaf all over the country.

In line with the above decision, Central Waqf Council executed the Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Minority Affairs on 31/12/2013. Thereafter, Ministry of Minority Affairs released a sum of Rs. 80.00 lakhs as first instalment to the Council under the above scheme. The Council is in the process of identifying the support mechanism for release of funds to the State Waqf Boards. In the meantime, second instalment of Rs. 1.11 crore has been released by the Ministry of Minority Affairs to the Council on 28/02/2014.

The Scheme provides financial assistance to the State Waqf Boards to strengthen the Legal Section/Accounts Section/Removal of Encroachment & opening of Zonal Offices of the State Waqf Boards as these are critical areas of operation of the Boards and unless these areas are strengthened it would not possible for the Boards to function effectively. However, as per the scheme the earmarked amount available for release year wise is yet to be finalised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs as the modalities for the implementation of the above Scheme are yet to be workedout.

Since, total amount of Rs. 1.91 crore has been received as Grant in Aid under the Scheme, the proposed action plan is as under:-

(a)       During first quarter of the financial year 2014-15, proposals would be sought from the State Waqf Boards about their present status, further requirement in respect of Legal/Accounts/Enforcement set up.

(b)       During the second quarter, first instalment of 75% would be released to the State Waqf Boards

(c)       Second instalment of 25% would be released to the Waqf Boards upon receipt of utilisation certificate of first instalment alongwith progress cum outcome report from the beneficiary Waqf Boards which would be submitted to the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

 

 

  1. Scheme for computerization of the Records of the State Waqf Boards

As per the decision of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) meeting held on 27/12/2013 for the Scheme of computerization of the Records of the State Waqf Boards Central Waqf Council has been involved by the Ministry of Minority Affairs as the implementing agency of the above scheme during the 12th plan period. The Committee has also decided to change the Scheme guidelines and get the balance work done by hiring some outsource agency.

In line with the above decision, Central Waqf Council executed the Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Minority Affairs on 31/12/2013. Thereafter, Ministry of Minority Affairs released a sum of Rs. 2.50 crores as first instalment to the Council under the above scheme.

Accordingly, Expression of Interest (EOI) in sealed cover has been sought from the reputed agencies to complete the remaining work of WAMSI as is outlined in the Scheme, by giving advertisement in the official website of CWC,  Ministry of Minority Affairs and leading newspapers of New Delhi/Kolkata/Chennai/ Mumbai/Bengaluru/Hyderabad. In response to the above advertisement 15 agencies had submitted their proposal which were opened on 23/12/2013 by a committee consisted of Director (Waqf), Technical Director (NIC) and the undersigned.

Based on the criteria and conditions of the EOI, 8 agencies have been found to be eligible. However, as required Request for Proposal (RFP) could not be finalized due to lack of technical expertise in house and the exact quantum of work to be outsourced has not been identified for each property. Hence, holding the preparation of the RFP and it is expected to be completed shortly by engaging & hiring a technical agency or expert.

Once, the RFP is ready for circulation amongst the eligible short listed agencies, necessary proposals would be obtained and finalized. Moreover, the volume of work is large and covered throughout the country. Therefore, it may require more numbers of agencies to con-currently carried out the assigned work so as to complete within a shortest possible time.