Shri Arvind Maya Ram, the Secretary Minority Affairs ,senior officers of the Ministry ,CWC and a number of distinguished persons were present on the occasion.
The Central Waqf Bhawan is a four storied office complex of the Central Waqf Council built on 1008 sq. meter plot at P-13 & 14, Sector-6, Pushp Vihar, M. B. Road, New Delhi. Central Waqf Bhawan is equipped with all modern functional facilities such as Conference Hall, multipurpose halls, library, canteen etc. The foundation stone of Central Waqf Bhawan, was laid on 25th June 2013.The Central Waqf Council was established in 1964 under the provision of Wakf Act, 1954 as an advisory body to Central Government on Waqf matters. The Central Waqf Council has been under the shelter of different Ministries which was later accommodated in the Ministry of Welfare in 1985. As a result of focused efforts to create a Ministry dedicated for the welfare of the Minorities, Ministry of Minority Affairs came in to being in the year 2005 and the Waqf has become permanent part of the Ministry.
The Central Waqf Council got a piece of land allotted by the Ministry of Urban Development for its office building as the Council is presently housed in the hutment of Jamnagar House. The CPWD assigned the task of designing and constructing the office building has completed the project in two years at the cost of about Rs 4 crores.
The Waqf amendment act 2013 has considerably expanded the role of the Council. The Central Waqf Bhawan would emerge as the epicenter of the Waqf management in the country and would provide greater support to the state Waqf boards for their effective functioning.