Cabinet may clear Wakf Bill amendments today

Keen to push through the Wakf (Amendment) Bill in the budget session itself, the government is set to clear a set of official amendments that it proposes to table in Parliament. And among them is permitting lease of wakf properties for commercial purposes up to 30 years from the present 10 years cap.

The Wakf (Amendment) Bill, 2010, was passed by Lok Sabha in 2010, but faced objections in the Rajya Sabha after which it was referred to a select committee which gave its report a year later. The Minority Ministry has agreed to incorporate in the Bill most of the suggestions and the Cabinet is expected to clear the amendments on Thursday.

While the Bill allows lease or sub-lease of wakf property for commercial activities up to 10 years, for purposes of education and health, it allows lease up to 30 years. The ministry has decided to extend the 10-year cap on lease of wakf property for commercial purposes to 30 years.

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