Devasthanam Board: CM Dhami said, the government is in favor of amending the act
CM Dhami said that a high-level committee is being constituted regarding the Act. This committee will give its recommendation after discussion with all
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who reached Uttarkashi, said that the government is in favor of amending the Devasthanam Board Act. A high-level committee is being constituted for this. This committee will give its recommendation after discussion with all.
The CM said that the pilgrimage priests are constantly talking to him regarding the Devasthanam Board. Dhami said that there is doubt among the pilgrim priests and the right rulers regarding the board. They feel that the government is trying to take over the temples.
The CM said that the government aims to make better arrangements in temples and dhams. The Chardham Yatra is economically most important for the state. The interest and development of all sections of the state are related to it.
He said that I believe that while giving a new dimension to this economic activity, the rights of local businessmen and rights holders should not be allowed to be adversely affected. We have consulted with all the stakeholders. Our government is in favor of positive change regarding Devasthanam Board.
Will postpone the dharna as soon as the high level committee is formed: Semwal
The pilgrimage priests of Gangotri Dham have welcomed CM Pushkar Singh Dhami's assurance to reconsider the Chardham Devasthanam Board. Suresh Semwal, president of the Gangotri Temple Committee, said that he would end the agitation as soon as a high-level committee is formed to reconsider the board.
In Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham, the pilgrim priests have been on a dharna for about 40 days against the Chardham Devasthanam Board. On Wednesday, under the leadership of Suresh Semwal, President of Shri Panch Gangotri Temple Committee, the pilgrims of Gangotri Dham met the CM and submitted a memorandum.
Temple committee chairman Suresh Semwal said that the newly appointed CM has assured him of the formation of a high-level committee to reconsider the board. It is welcomed by all the pilgrims. On this occasion, the priests also submitted a memorandum to the CM.
Agitators should not raise slogans of Murdabad in Kedarnath: Posti
Srinivas Posti, a member of the Devasthanam Board and senior pilgrim priest of Kedarnath, has objected to the slogans of 'murdabad' by the agitating people in the Chardham temple premises. He says that in a democracy everyone has the right to speak, but in temple premises, where gods and goddesses are worshipped, the slogans of Murdabad are not so graceful.
He said that everyone has the right to express their opinion, but keeping in mind the importance of religious beliefs and the importance of Dhams, abusive slogans should not be raised. He appealed to the agitators that they would do everything possible to take their matter to the government. On the other hand, the movement of the pilgrim priests continued in Kedarnath against the Devasthanam Board. Posti has accused the government of neglect, saying that they would remain agitated till the demand was met.
He said that in the name of the board, the government has done the work of marginalizing the pilgrims and rights holders, which will not be tolerated.
Trivendra is supporting Devasthanam Board
Former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is supporting the Chardham Devasthanam Board taken by his government. The Trivendra government had formed the Devasthanam Board by including 51 temples along with Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri Dham for infrastructure development and the convenience and safety of the pilgrims. Despite heavy opposition from the pilgrim priests and rights holders, he stood firm on his decision. Even after being out of power, he is supporting the decision of Devasthanam Board. After the change of leadership in the state, the Tirath government had also announced to reconsider the Devasthanam board but couldn't do anything.
The board came into existence on 15 June 2020
The Devasthanam Management Board Bill was placed in the Vidhan Sabha for the first time in the year 2019 during the previous Trivandra Singh Rawat government. The notification of the board was issued on 15 June 2020 by passing the bill in the assembly. Even at that time, the pilgrim priests and rights holders of the Chardhams protested heavily. But the government did not back down from its decision. The Tirath government had announced to reconsider the Devasthanam Board. Meanwhile, orders were also issued to nominate members in the Devasthanam Board. This has been opposed by the pilgrimage priests.