- The Board is now constituted in accordance with the provision of Section 14 of the Waqf Act, 1995. The Board members comprised of elected as well as nominated ones.
- The Chairperson is elected from amongst the members of the Board.
- The present Chairperson is a retired Justice of the Hon’ble High Court, Calcutta.
West Bengal Auqaf Board is a statutory body constituted by the Government of West Bengal under the Waqf Act 1995 (Central Act 43 of 1995). Several Mosques, Kabarsthan, Dargas etc. are registered with this board in addition to the waqf properties. The West Bengal Auqaf Board is a body with perceptual succession and a common seal with powers to acquire and hold property etc.
The functions of the West Bengal Auqaf Board are: (1) General Superintendence of all Waqf Estate and their properties in the State, (2) to exercise powers under the Waqf Act so as to ensure that the Waqf under its superintendence are properly maintained, controlled and administered and the income thereof is duly applied to the objects for which such Waqf are created or intended.
The State Government appoints a Chief Executive Officer for the Board in consultation with the Board . Also the Board is empowered by the Act to appoint such number of officers and other employees as may be necessary for performance of its functions in consultation with the State Government under Section 24 of Waqf Act,1995. All the employees of the Board are deemed to be public servants within the meaning of Section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).
Central Waqf Council, India is an Indian statutory body established in 1964 by the Government of India under Waqf Act, 1954 (now a sub section the Waqf Act, 1995) for the purpose of advising it on matters pertaining to working of the State Auqaf Boards and proper administration of the Waqf in the country. The State Auqaf Boards are established by the State Governments in view of the provisions of section 13 & 14 of the Waqf Act, 1995.