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Central Wakf Council

Topics Covered:

  1. Statutory bodies.

 

Central Wakf Council

 

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: Objectives, composition, functions and significance of the Central Wakf Council.

 

Context: A national conference of Central Waqf Council (CWC) was recently held.

 

What is it?

  1. Central Wakf Council is a statutory body established in 1964 by the Government of India under Wakf Act, 1954 (now a sub section the Wakf Act, 1995).
  2. It has been established for the purpose of advising Centre on matters pertaining to working of the State Wakf Boards and proper administration of the Wakfs in the country.
  3. It is a permanent dedication of movable or immovable properties for religious, pious or charitable purposes as recognized by Muslim Law, given by philanthropists.

 

Composition and appointments:

The Council is headed by a Chairperson, who is the Union Minister in charge of Wakfs and there are maximum 20 other members, appointed by Government of India as stipulated in the Wakf Act.