Powers and Functions of Waqf Board

The general superintendence of all Waqfs in a State Shall vest in the Board established by the State; and it shall be the duty of the Board so to exercise its powers under this Act as to ensure that the Waqfs under its superintendence are properly maintained controlled and administered and the income there of is duly applied to the objects and for the purposes for which such Waqfs were created or intended.

Provided that in exercising its powers under this Act in respect of any Waqf, the Board Shall act in conformity with the directions of the Waqf, the purposes of the Waqf and any usage or custom of the Waqf sanctioned by the school of Muslim law to which the Waqf belongs.

The functions of the Board shall be –

(a) To maintain a record containing information relating to the origin. income, object and beneficiaries of every Waqf;
(b) To ensure that the income and other property of Waqfs are applied to the objects and for the purposes for which such Waqfs were intended or created;
(c) To give directions for the administration of Waqfs;
(d) To settle schemes of management for a Waqf:
Provided that no such settlement shall be made without giving the parties affected an opportunity of being heard;
(e) To direct-

  1. The utilization of the surplus income of a Waqf consistent with the
  2. In what manner the income of a Waqf, the objects of which are not evident from any written instrument, shall be utilized
  3. In any case where any object of Waqf has ceased to exist or has become incapable of achievement, that so much of the income of the Waqf as was previously applied to that object shall be applied to any other object, which shall be similar, or nearly similar or to the original object or for the benefit of the poor or for the purpose of promotion of knowledge and learning in the Muslim community:

Provided that no direction shall be given under this clause without giving the parties affected an opportunity of being heard.
Explanation.-For the purposes of this clause, the powers of the Board shall be exercised-

  1. In the case of a Sunni Waqf, by the Sunni members of the Board only; And
  2. In the case of a Shia Waqf, by the Shia members of the Board only; Provided that where having regard to the numbers of the Sunni or Shia members in the Board and other circumstances, it appears to the Board that the power should not be exercised by such members only, it may co-opt such other Muslims being Sunnis or Shias, as the case may be, as it thinks fit, to be temporary members of the Board for exercising its powers under this clause.
(f) To scrutinize and approve the budgets submitted by Mutawallis and to arrange for the auditing of account of Waqfs;
(g) To appoint and remove Mutawallis in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(h) To take measures for the recovery of lost properties of any Waqf;
(i) To institute and defend suits and proceedings relating to Waqfs;
(j) To sanction any transfer of immovable property of a Waqf by way of sale, gift, mortgage, exchange or lease, in accordance with the provisions of this Act: Provided that no such sanction shall be given unless at least two – thirds of the members of the Board vote in favour of such transaction;
(k) To administer the Waqf Fund;
(l) To call for such returns, statistics, accounts and other information from the Mutawallis with respect to the Waqf property as the Board may , from time to time, require;
(m) To inspect, or cause inspection of, Waqf properties, accounts records or deeds and documents relating there to;
(n) To investigate and determine the nature and the extent of Waqf and Waqf property, and to cause whenever necessary, a survey of such Waqf property;
(o) Generally do all such acts as may be necessary for the control maintenance and administration of Waqfs.

(3) Where the Board has settled any scheme of management under clause

(d) or given any direction under clause (e) of sub-section (2) , any person interested in the Waqf or affected by such settlement or direction may institute a suit in a suit in a Tribunal for setting aside such settlement or directions and the decision of the Tribunal thereon shall be final.

(4) Where the Board is satisfied that any Waqf land, which is a Waqf property , offers a feasible potential for development as a shopping center market, housing flats and the like, it may serve upon the Mutawalli of the concerned Waqf a notice requiring him within such time , but not less than sixty days, as may be specified in the notice, to convey its decision whether he is willing to execute the development works specified in the notice.

(5) On consideration of the reply, if any , received to the notice issued under sub-section (4) , the Board, if it is satisfied that the Mutawalli is notice willing or is not capable of executing the works required to be executed in terms of the notice, it may, with the prior approval of the Government, take over the property, clear it of any building or structure thereon, which, in the opinion of the Board is necessary for execution of the works and execute such works from Waqf Funds or from the finances which may be raised on the security of the properties of the Waqf concerned, and control and manage the properties till such time as all expenses incurred by the Board under this section, together with interest thereon, the expenditure on maintenance of such works and other legitimate changes incurred on the property an recovered from the income derived from the property:

Provided that the Board shall compensate annually the Mutawalli of the concerned Waqf to the extent of the average annual net income derived from the property during the three years immediately preceding the taking over of the property by the Board.

(6) After all the expenses as enumerated in sub-section (5) have been recouped from the income of the developed properties,. The developed properties shall be handed over to Mutawalli of the concerned Waqf