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Telangana State Waqf Board stuck in confusion

As reported by Syed Mohamed, despite almost five years, TSWB has not been successful in getting room of its own record.

As reported by Syed Mohamed, despite almost five years, TSWB has not been successful in getting room of its own record.

Come November, the state government has sealed the record room of the Telangana State Waqf Board (TSWB), a panel that deals with the administration of Muslim endowments.

The Waqf Board also deals with issues related to the protection of Waqf properties, including litigation.

Therefore, it is surprising that despite almost five years, TSWB, which is an autonomous body, has not been successful in getting its own Records Room, a place where important unsealed records are stored. The board is yet to take its full possession from the revenue department, which allegedly acted on the instructions of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and sealed it in the presence of the police.

Partial access issue resurfaced recently after TSWB member was elected Mutawali (Manager of Waqf Institutions) Category, Abul Fatah Syed Bandagi Badesh Qadri shared with the media a letter he had written to the government.

In the letter, he requested the CM to take steps to seal the record room. He claimed that the Board and its officers not having immediate access to relevant records is a cause for concern, and this is creating problems, especially when documents regarding properties are required in litigation.

While on the one hand, a section of TSWB employees say that the revenue department, and tehsildars, in particular, need permission to access these records, on the other hand, they said that this new process is not much of a hassle. , However, the questions raised by Mr. Qadri’s representation seem to be valid: How long will the record room remain sealed? And what are the measures taken by the Board to reverse the situation?

“We are facing a lot of problems. The Board, its members and officers should have direct access to Waqf records,” said Mr. Qadri. Hindu, “Broadly speaking, the Waqf Board is fighting cases against the encroachers of small plots. In some other cases involving large land, it is fighting or fighting against the government and its agencies.”

Mr. Qadri’s view on the issue underscores the large number of cases that TSWB is fighting in various courts of law.

A senior staff member said, “There are around 3,000 cases that the board is fighting in various courts, and over 1,200 cases are either being heard or pending in the Telangana State Waqf Tribunal. Another 1,500 cases are with the High Court. It’s a huge number.”

In March this year, TSWB CEO Shahnawaz Qasim expressed the problem in a different way. He apprised the Registrar (Judicial) of Telangana High Court about the difficulty being faced by the Board regarding timely filing of counters in the Waqf Tribunal.

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Suggesting that an online case monitoring system be set up in the Waqf Tribunal like that of the High Court, Mr. Qasim said that hundreds of cases are pending here.

Alluding to the inconvenience caused to the Board’s staff with respect to filing counters, he wrote, “Even in the Telangana State Waqf Tribunal, the TSWB has more than 1,200 cases for which the Board’s Standing Counsel, Liaison Assistant and other are employees. One has to visit the Tribunal every day to know the status of the case especially for filing written statement over the counter and on time.

A staff member said that the review meeting held recently revealed that online case management system has not been suggested in the Waqf Tribunal. Shedding more light on the board regarding the government, a senior TSWB official, requesting anonymity, said that the revenue department in general, and the district collector in particular, had caused a disparity in records describing the nature of many cases. become parties. of land parcel. In fact, it is a major cause of dispute between TSWB and Govt.

“While waqf records show a property as being theirs, revenue records show something more like ‘government land’. And when there is a dispute, the matter eventually goes to the Tribunal or any other court, where the collectors are made a party. The exact number of such cases is not available, but there are many of them. It is being said that we stand by our Waqf record.

In an effort to rectify the situation and avoid possible conflict over registration of waqf land to other parties, the senior official said that data on waqf land parcels as per waqf records have been shared with RDOs, collectors and revenue officials.

“In 2020, we gave them a DVD containing information on gazette notifications of waqf properties in the state. This way, when the land or property comes up for registration, the revenue officer can check the gazette and associated records and take appropriate measures,” he said. “But in spite of this, reconciliation of waqf and revenue records is necessary.”

The Government is repeatedly requested to update the nature of land as ‘Waqf’ in the Dharani portal if required. A major part of the above counters are related to encroachments and disputes related to Waqf land parcels.

As per the first Waqf Survey, Telangana had 33,929 Waqf Institutions with 77,538 acres of land, of which the extent of encroachment is 57,423.91 acres. This means that 75 per cent of the waqf land has been occupied.

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Alternatively, the Centre’s Waqf Property Management System (WAMSI) suggests that there are 44,241 immovable waqf properties in Telangana. Board officials said the second waqf survey, the data of which was submitted to the board in 2017, gave rise to a large number of institutions – about 46,000 – and large acreage. However, due to paucity of staff, lack of cadre strength and lack of judicial powers in the Board, removal of encroachments appears to be a difficult task.

“The conservation activists demand that the government grant judicial powers to the TSWB, which will help it get rid of the encroachment expeditiously. In 2014 and 2017 also the CM spoke in favor of it, but unfortunately the situation remains the same. Usman Al Hajiri, a Waqf protection activist and Congress leader, said every district is huge and there are few waqf inspectors.

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