Government will go for a phased computerisation of Wakf Boards across the country to preserve data on its property and make them carry out minority welfare schemes.

The three-year plan of the government, which is being implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC), aims at achieving separate objectives in three stages after evaluating phase-wise achievements.

The move comes after the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Wakf, in its ninth report, recommended for the initiative.

It was noted that the basic survey of Wakf properties was not done in most states.

“There is hardly any development of Wakf properties and a very substantial income that they could have generated for the welfare schemes of the community are lost because of non-development and large scale encroachment of the properties,” a government report said.

In the first phase, the government will ensure proper survey and cross checking of Wakf data maintained at the state level and create a centralised and web-enabled database.

In the second phase, the government will take measures to prevent encroachment of Wakf properties, which are said to be rampant, sources in the ministry said.

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