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Telangana Govt Seeks To Protect Waqf Properties; Issues Order Prohibiting Unauthorised Transfers

In a move to prevent the unauthorised transfer and misuse of Wakf properties in the state, the Telangana government has prohibited their registration to leave no scope for unauthorised transfers and hence protect Waqf properties.

Waqf properties have been included in the list which will be put under “auto lock” on the Dharani portal for online registration of properties across the state, which is to be launched soon.

Other properties in the list include endowment and government lands. These properties will be under “auto lock”, thus disabling online registration modules.

The government issued an order, prohibiting registration of Waqf properties under section 22-A of the Registration Act, 1908.

The order also states that documents related to transfer of property by way of sale, agreement of sale, gift, exchange or lease exceeding ten years, owned by Wakf Board, are prohibited from registration.

The government has also ordered municipal corporations, municipalities and gram panchayats to not issue permits for construction in Waqf properties, other than those authorised by the Minorities Welfare Department.

No building construction permit will be issued on Wakf land unless authorised by the Minorities Welfare Department as per the government orders.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Telangana State Waqf Board has been directed to furnish the list of all Waqf properties to the Managing Director, Dharani Portal/Inspector General (Registration & Stamps) for placing them under “auto lock”. The CEO will also furnish the details of Waqf properties to the district collectors, municipal commissioners and panchayat secretaries concerned.

The Government Order was issued after an announcement in this regard by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in the Assembly during the recent session.

He gave the assurance when All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, during a debate on the new Revenue Act, raised the issue of Waqf properties.

He alleged that Waqf lands worth thousands of crores in Hyderabad and other parts of the state have been encroached over the years. He sought a ban on the registration of Waqf properties to protect them.

Later on Thursday, Akbaruddin Owaisi and other legislators of his party attended a meeting convened by the Chief Minister to discuss the implementation of the new Revenue Act.

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