HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has instructed for a new State Wakf Act to be formulated in accordance with the Central Act. After a meeting with members of the Wakf Board at Pragathi Bhavan on Thursday, he called for stringent action to identify and protect all of the board’s properties in the State. Wakf properties should be fenced, compound walls should be constructed and they must be under the control of the district collectors, he said. As part of the ongoing purification of land records, he said properties of the Board too must be identified and registered in the revenue records.
Assuring full support from the government’s side, he called for an action plan to reclaim Board’s properties that have been illegally grabbed. “If any, disputes between Revenue Department and Wakf Board must be settled immediately,” he said.
“Once a land or property is earmarked as belonging to the Board, it should remain so forever.”
He called for the formation of two committees -- one to record details of existing properties and other to study ground realities and take measures for protection. He instructed district collectors to extend their support to this effort.
“There should be clarity on functioning of the Board and a set of new guidelines,” he said, adding that he wants the Board to meet shortly and prepare the future course of action.