Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Friday reversed his predecessor’s choice and determined to take away the administration of 51 temples from the management of the Char Dham Devasthanam (*51*) and rethink its formation.
“I have decided to take out of the Devasthanam Board’s ambit 51 temples which had been brought under it,” Tirath Singh Rawat instructed reporters after a gathering with seers amid the continued Kumbh Mela right here.
The authorities may also evaluation the choice to kind the (*51*), he added.
Set up throughout former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’s time period, the Devasthanam (*51*) was assigned the administration of 51 temples of the state, together with the 4 well-known Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
The formation of the panel by way of laws in December 2019 had not gone down properly with the seers and “teerth–purohits” who felt their conventional rights over the temples had suffered due to it.
They had additionally complained that the state authorities had not taken them in confidence earlier than taking such a significant choice that impacts them immediately.
Despite repeated assurances by former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat that sufficient safeguards had been taken within the legislation invoice to guard the rights of “teerth–purohits“, the clergymen within the state, together with these in Uttarkashi, had been agitated over the problem.
Some of them had even approached BJP chief Subramanian Swamy who later moved the Uttarakhand High Court difficult the federal government’s choice to take over the management of temples.
Stating the target of the Bill within the state meeting, Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj had mentioned the creation of a board like this was essential for higher administration of the temples.