Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government
on Tuesday assured people that the Temples and Shrines Bill be
passed in the state assembly "at all costs".
The Bill has been hanging for past few years due to
opposition from Darmarth Trust, which runs scores of temples
in Jammu and Kashmir.
"As far as your demand of passage of Temple and Shrines
Bill is concerned, It is our commitment with you people that
Shrine Bill would be passed at costs," Minister for Revenue,
Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla said at a function
organised on the occasion of the 10th death anniversary of
former Minister and veteran Congress leader Manohar Nath Koul
Bhalla was reacting to demand of All Party Migrant
Coordination Committee (APMCC) and other Trusts for setting up
of Temples, Shrine properties Board in J&K by passage of
the its bill in the state Legislature.
APMCC Chairman Vinod Pandit and Rural Foundation Chairman
Sunita Sharma had sat on 10-days long fast-unto-death over
this demand in October thsi year and the government had
promised to them for passage of the bill.
"We will take into confidence all members in the Assembly
or Select Committee--whatever hurdles are there on individual
front or from any individual Trust (Darmarth Trust) will be
ironed out," he said.
"We cannot sit on the bill for a long," he said. Until
the bill is passed, Government has directed Divisional
Commissioner Kashmir to prepare inventory of temples, shrines,
and their lands and properties so that they would protected,
preserved and maintained, Bhalla said.
Supporting the demand for setting up Board for
preservation, renovation, protection and maintenance of
temples and their properties in Jammu and Kashmir, the
Minister for medical Education and Sports, RS Chib said that
Shrine Board will only ensure protection and preservation of
Shrine and temples in the state.