Temple panels’ scrapping flayed - The New Indian Express

Temple panels’ scrapping flayed

Published: 22nd August 2013 10:26 AM

Last Updated: 22nd August 2013 10:26 AM

Former Muzrai Minister and MLC Kota Sri­nivas Poojary has criticised the State government for scrapping the management committees of 41 ‘A’ grade temples across the State without any valid reasons.

Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, he alleged that the government, via a circular, had recently abolished temple management committees despite members not completing their term of three years.

All the appointments were made by the Karnataka Religious and Endowment Council in the most transparent manner giving equal representation to all communities, he said.

The MLC alleged that the government had abolished the committees only to nominate Congress workers. This interference of the government in the management of temples was totally uncalled for, he said.

Poojary said this had been done by the incumbent Muzrai Minister, Commissioner of Department of Muzrai and Secretary of Department of Revenue in the absence of reconstituted body of the Religious and Endowment Council. This is against the spirit of social justice and affected the daily rituals at these 41 ‘A’ grade temples, he said. The government had done this in vengeance, he alleged.

“We will take up this issue both inside and outside the Legislative Council and seek justice for members of these committees,” he said.

The MLC said the Endowment Council can take stringent steps like abolition of management committees if there are complaints of practising untouchability or any other of such serious nature.

In the absence of such complaints against these members, how can the government take such decision?,” he sought to know.

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