Efforts on to vacate illegal encroachers from Waqf properties: Heptulla

SRINAGAR: Union Minority Affairs minister Najma Heptullah on Monday sought the help form the state governments and Waqf boards in identifying of Waqf land across India.
“Waqf boards own around six lakh acres of land, which could be used to generate revenue around Rs 12000 crore. The money can be used for upliftment and education of minority community,” she said while addressing press conference here.
Heptuallah said the Waqf properties have been “digitized”.
“We are providing legal aid to Central Waqf Board to retrieve the Waqf properties. We want help of state governments and Waqf boards in identifying the properties so that it can be developed on Public-Private partnership model,” Heptullah said.
She said it was under consideration of the GoI and the concerned ministry to retrieve the Waqf properties from the possession of encroachers. “Once the Muslim Waqf bill is passed, efforts will be intensified to vacate the illegally occupied properties not only in Jammu but across India,” she said.
Heptullah said the Narendra Modi-led government was committed to protect the rights of minorities. “We have to create conducive environment. It is also your (media’s) responsibility to create conducive atmosphere so that all the minority communities live peaceful life. Narendra Modi has said that rights of the people will be protected and there will be no discrimination on the basis of religion and caste,” she said while skirting the questions on Udhampur assault on three Kashmiri truckers.