As per the provisions of the Wakf Act, 1995 (Central Act 43 of 1995) and the Rules framed thereunder, the Tamil Nadu Wakf Board was constituted with effect from 10.6.1997. The Board was reconstituted on 13.12.2001 and the new members have elected Tmt.Badar Sayeed, B.A., B.L., as Chairperson of the Board on 4.1.2002.
Further, twenty three Wakf Tribunals, having jurisdiction over 29 Districts, have been constituted under the new act for determining any dispute relating to Wakf or Wakf property and Director of Survey and settlement has been appointed and notified as survey Commissioner in respect of Wakf properties.
· Administrative Grant
· Renovation Grant
· Sanction of Grant to Kabarasthans
· Major Renovation Grant
· Other Grants
· Ulema Pension Scheme
ADMINISTRATIVE GRANT TO TAMIL NADU WAKF BOARD
The Government of Tamil Nadu sanction administrative grant every year from the Stte Funds to the Tamil Nadu Wakf Board to cover operational expenses of the Tamil Nadu Wakf Board. A sum of Rs.42.72 lakhs was sanctioned by the government as administrative grant to Tamil Nadu Wakf Board for the year 2002-2003 to meet the deficit between receipts and charges.
The Government of Tamil Nadu is sanctioning grant under the scheme of Repairs and Renovation of Mosques to the poor and needy wakf institutions through the Tamil Nadu Wakf Board.
Considering the increase in the cost of materials and labour charges, the renovation grant per wakf has been enhanced from Rs.15,000/- to Rs.25,000/- to each Wakf from the year 1993-94.
SANCTION OF GRANT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF COMPOUND WALL/BARBED WIRE FENCING OF KABARASTHANS
In addition to the grant towards repairs and renovation of Mosques to the poor and needy Wakfs, a scheme for construction of compound wall or barbed wire fencing to the Kabarasthans (burial grounds) is also being implemented so as to protect the Wakf properties from unauthorized encroachment. The maximum limit of grant for construction of compound wall was also enhanced from the existing limit of Rs.15,000/- to Rs.25,000/- per institution.
MAJOR RENOVATION GRANT
For major repairs and renovation to the Mosques and Darghas the Government sanctioned a sum of Rs.80.00 lakhs dluring 2001-2002. For 2003-2004 a sum of Rs.40.00 lakhs has been provided for this scheme.
To computerize the Tamil Nadu Wakf Board, Head Office and the Zonal Offices, a sum of Rs.15 lakhs has been sanctioned during 2001-02 as grant to purchase 15 computers. Government have sanctioned as sum of Rs.40.00 lakhs as grant for construction of own office building to Tamil Nadu Wakf Board at Chennai.
ULEMA PENSION SCHEME
The Ulemas who have rendered service as Muazzin, Pesh Imam or Arabic teacher or Muzavar (Muslim) and who have attained the age of 60 year after serving for 20 years in the registered wakfs and who are living under indigent circumstances are paid a sum of Rs.500/- p.m. as pension. From 27.1.1999, the Ulemas who have served in any surveyed and notified wakfs paying annual contribution under the Wakf Act, 1995, whether registered or not registered are also eligible to receive Ulema Pension if they
otherwise satisfy the conditions for sanction of Ulema pension. The sanctioned strength upto 1997-98 was 2000 persons, which was increased to 2200 from 1998-99. A sum of Rs.1.20 crores was provided for this scheme for the year 2002-2003. The powers to sanction the Ulema pension have been delegated to the chief Executive Officer, Tamil Nadu Wakf Board with effect from 27.7.2001.