Determined to go ahead with wakf reforms, Minority Affairs Ministry has decided to hold consultations with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which recently raised objections against the government decision to register wakf properties.
"A legal team of AIMPLB will visit us and explain to us why they are opposing the registration of wakf properties. We believe that the registration will better their management but we are open to discuss any issues that the Board has with the move," Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told PTI.
The minister at the same time maintained that the registration of wakf properties is not new and the government finds nothing wrong with it.
AIMPLB had last month expressed its opposition to the Centre's recent move to make registration of Wakf properties mandatory.
The objections came a month after the government passed the Waqf (Amendment) Bill, 2010 in Lok Sabha in May this year, which gave more teeth to the Central Wakf Council to deal with encroachment of wakf properties in an effective manner. The amendment also laid emphasis on the registration of Wakf properties.
The board, however, said the Babri Masjid of Ayodhya was not registered and that the amendment would "affect" the community's contention in the title suit in Allahabad High Court.
Reacting to the Board's remarks, Khurshid had expressed dismay wondering "why there is some or the other opposition (when) we try to do something good."
"There have been regular complaints of illegal encroachment and sale of Wakf properties the country wide. Hence, we tried to amend some provisions of the existing Wakf Act 1995. Now questions are being raised as why Wakf properties are being registered.