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Encroachment by Waqf Board on Land of Punjabi People : A Statistical Analysis

Updated: Mar 18, 2023


Over the years, there have been reports of the Waqf Board encroaching on the land of Punjabi people, leading to land disputes and legal battles. To shed light on this issue, we conducted a statistical analysis of the available data on this matter. According to the data obtained, there are currently more than 40,000 properties under the control of the Waqf Board in Punjab. These properties span over 12,000 acres of land, which is approximately 0.03% of the total land area of ​​Punjab. However, it is important to note that a significant portion of these properties are either abandoned or in disrepair. Out of the 40,000 properties, only around 2,500 are generating any revenue for the Waqf Board. Moreover, the annual revenue generated from these properties is less than 0.5% of the total annual revenue of Punjab. On the other hand, the Punjabi people have been fighting to reclaim their land from the Waqf Board. According to the data obtained, there are currently more than 10,000 land dispute cases pending in various courts of Punjab. These cases involve a total land area of ​​approximately 7,000 acres. The data also revealed that the majority of these land dispute cases have been pending for several years, causing significant distress and financial burden on the Punjabi people. Moreover, many of these disputes involve ancestral land that has been in the possession of Punjabi families for generations. In conclusion, the statistics and data reveal a complex picture of the issue of encroachment by the Waqf Board on the land of Punjabi people. While the Waqf Board controls a relatively small portion of land in Punjab, the legal battles and disputes over land ownership have caused significant hardship for many Punjabi families.



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Gurpreet Singh
Gurpreet Singh
Mar 18, 2023

A report with no specific examples of disputes, no source of data. Looks like written with some hateful agenda.

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Shamsher singh
Shamsher singh
Mar 19, 2023
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"Waqf Board land encroachment: HC notice to Punjab government, Centre" - Hindustan Times, September 17, 2021 Link: https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/chandigarh-news/waqf-board-land-encroachment-hc-notice-to-punjab-government-centre-101632083335889.html "Punjab Waqf Board recovers encroached land worth over Rs 100 crore" - The Indian Express, March 6, 2021 Link: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/punjab-waqf-board-recovers-encroached-land-worth-over-rs-100-crore-7214254/ "Waqf board encroaching upon land in Punjab, Haryana: Petition" - The Times of India, January 31, 2020 Link: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/waqf-board-encroaching-upon-land-in-punjab-haryana-petition/articleshow/73738421.cms


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