Central Waqf Council is a statutory body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. It was set up in 1964 as per the provision given in the Waqf Act, 1954 as National Level Apex Advisory Body to the Central Government on matters concerning the working of the Waqf Boards and the due administration of Auqaf in the country. However, under the provision given in Waqf (Amendment) Act, 2013 , the role of the Council has considerably expanded. The Council has been empowered to advise the Central Government, State Governments and State Waqf Boards. In addition to the expanded role of advice, it will now issue directives to the boards/ State Government to furnish information to the Council on the performance of the board particularly on their financial performance, survey revenue records encroachment of Waqf properties and Annual and Audit report etc.
The Council consists of Chairperson, who is the Union Minister Incharge of Waqf and such other members, not exceeding 20 in number, as may be appointed by the Government of India. Presently Shri. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of State, for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) is the ex-officio Chairperson of the Central Waqf Council. The 11th Council has been re-constituted on 23rd November, 2015 under Sub Section (1) and (2) of Section 9 of the Waqf Act, 1995as amended for a period of three years. The office of the Central Waqf Council is housed in a newly constructed Central Waqf Bhawan at P-13 & 14, Pushp Vihar, Sector-6, Opposite Family Court Saket, New Delhi -110017.
Scheme For Development of Urban Waqf Properties
The Scheme for the Development of Urban Waqf Properties was launched by the Council in 1974-75 with the Grant-in-Aid of the Government of India with a view to augment the resources of the Waqf Institutions and for better realization of the objectives of the Waqif appreciating the response the scheme is containing. Under this scheme the Council has been providing loan assistance through the respective State Waqf Boards for taking up economically/commercially viable buildings on Waqf land, such as commercial arcades, Marriage halls, Hospitals, Cold Storage etc. The Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India has been providing annual Grant -in -Aid under for this specific purposes.