SC issues notice to the government, NIC and the wakf boards
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the Supreme Court has issued notice to the central government, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Wakf Boards of the state and union territories regarding implementation of the order of December 18, 2012 whereby the Ministry of Minority Affairs had directed to computerise all the records and details of properties.
The PIL filed by the NGO Manav Vikas Seva Samiti claimed that the government order did not specify any time limit for the implementation of computerisation and even though there were sufficient funds, the programme is not being executed. The NGO has also sought these details under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Wakf boards are said to possess properties worth trillions. There have been repeated allegations of unauthorised occupation of the wakf properties throughout the country and no efforts seem to have been put in to identify the properties and record them. As a result a loss of revenue is occurring due to the encroachment of these properties which could otherwise have been utilised for the benefit of the poor and needy.