About Karnataka State Board Of Wakfs:
State Board of Wakfs is a statutory body constituted under the Wakf
Act 1995 which is a Central Act. About 27,000 Wakfs are registered with
the Board. These include Mosques and the rest are Dargahs, Idgahs,
Khabrastans (burial grounds), Ashoorkhanas, Orphanages, Makans, etc.
The Board is made up of nominated and elected
members from various categories and the Chairman is elected by the
members. The staff of the Board is headed by the Chief Executive
Officer who is a KAS Officer in the Senior scale. There are District
Wakf Advisory Committee Offices in all the 29 districts of the State.
The Board exercises powers of
superintendence and control over all the wakf institutions. The Board
appoints Muthawallies and managing committees to the Wakf institutions
from time to time after election or nomination by Jamaath as per
their Scheme of Management. All the Wakf institutions are required to
submit their Budget Estimate and financial accounts to the Board and
the Board undertakes audit of the major institutions. The financial
transaction of the Board itself is audited by the Government (State
Accounts Dept.) and the Accountant General. The Board takes various
steps to protect Wakf properties from encroachment and unauthorized
occupation. The Board gives the administrative and legal support to
the Wakf institutions who carry out their developmental and socio
How the Board helps the Wakf institutions?
Government of Karnataka releases Grant-in-Aid to take up repairs,
renovations and constructions. So many Wakf institutions benefit from
this every year. Small wakf institutions in remote villages having no
sources of income benefit the most from this Scheme. The Board also
engages Advocates to help the wakf institutions in protecting and
safeguarding their properties. The Board is a party in cases before
the Wakf Tribunal, Civil Courts & High Court and thus defends the
interest of the Awkaf.
Recoveries of rents by Wakf institutions and eviction of unauthorized occupants:
Rajasthan are the only two States in the country who have adopted the
Public Premises Act for the Wakf properties.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Board is
the Competent Authority under the Karnataka Public Premises Act and he
receives complaints from Wakf institutions whose tenants have become
defaulters in the payment of rents or have over stayed the lease
period. More and more Wakf institutions are utilizing this facility
to find redress from the chronic problem of defaulting tenants who
have occupied properties of the Mosques and are paying rents at a
Prevention of encroachment of Wakf properties:
properties go into the hands of unscrupulous land grabbers and the
Board takes action to remove such encroachments by exercising powers
undr Section 54 of the Wakf Act.
Finances of the Board:
The Board gets
7% wakf contribution from out of the income derived by the Wakf
institutions after meeting their expenses, of which 1% is sent by the
Board to the Central Wakf Council, New Delhi.