MANGALURU: The survey on Wakf properties in Karnataka is expected to be completed in six months, said minister for minorities welfare and wakf Qamar Ul Islam.
The minister, who was in the city after inaugurating a masjid in Puttur on Friday, said he has given directions to the officials to conduct survey on the properties that are recorded in the old Gazette and others from 1954 till date. “Survey on Wakf properties is being carried out based on the directions of the central government throughout the nation. Assistant commissioners and officials have been entrusted the task of conducting survey as per the directions. Our officers also have been taking part in the survey process, which also uses geographical information system (GIS) to obtain maximum information,” the minister said.
He said that the survey will ascertain the actual extent of Wakf property in the state and it will also help in finding encroachments. “There are many Wakf properties which are encroached by individuals in the state. Many including government and semi-government officials are enjoying encroached Wakf properties. In another six months the process of survey is expected to complete,” he added.
While survey on Wakf properties in Dakshina Kannada district is complete, the process is being expedited in other parts of the state. At present, there are about 34,000 Wakf properties with nearly two lakh acres of land in the state as per records. Those properties include dargahs, masjids, graveyards and other assets related to Wakf Board, the minister said.
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