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Uttarakhand: Char Dham priests temporarily suspend agitation against Devasthanam Board:


Dehradun, Sep 11 (PTI) The priests of Char Dham temples on Saturday temporarily suspended their agitation to dissolve the Devasthanam Board. In fact, earlier Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami assured them that their concerns would be addressed by October 30. The priests said that eight priests of Char Dham have also been invited to be part of the high-powered committee to look into the Devasthanam board issue. The priests of the temples of Uttarakhand have been demanding the dissolution of the board for a long time.
The priests of the Char Dham temples on Saturday temporarily suspended their agitation to dissolve the Devasthanam Board.
In fact, earlier Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami assured them that their concerns would be addressed by October 30.
The priests said that eight priests of Char Dham have also been invited to be part of the high-powered committee to look into the Devasthanam board issue.

The priests of temples in Uttarakhand have been demanding the dissolution of the board for a long time as they see it as an encroachment on their rights.

It is noteworthy that the Devasthanam Board, constituted during the tenure of Trivendra Singh Rawat as the Chief Minister, is empowered to manage the functioning of 51 temples in the state including Char Dham.

However, soon after taking over the reins of governance, former Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had announced during the Kumbh that temples would be freed from the board’s control, but he had to resign as chief minister before it could be implemented.
Gangotri temple committee chief and Char Dham Mahapanchayat convener Suresh Semwal said after meeting the delegation of priests from Dhami, “The Chief Minister has assured us that our rights will remain intact. We will get representation in the high powered committee looking into the Devasthanam board issue and our concerns will be addressed. “

“After his (Dhami’s) assurance of finding a solution by October 30, we have decided to suspend our agitation till then,” he said.

Dhami said that the government will take any decision in the interest of the state after the high-powered committee headed by Manohar Kant Dhyani submits its report.
He said he hoped that the committee would listen to the concerns of the priests and offer a solution to the issue.

The Chief Minister said, “Dhyani ji has worked among the priests throughout his life. The sole purpose of setting up the committee is to listen to the concerns of the priests. “

Dhami said that it is the responsibility of the State Government to develop the infrastructure for Char Dham. He said that starting the Char Dham Yatra is also a priority.
Char Dham Mahapanchayat member Umesh Sati said that the priests will decide their future strategy based on the results of the government’s efforts.

“We have high hopes from the young chief minister…. “

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