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Religious council to monitor Muzrai temples

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The process for setting up the State-level religious council for monitoring the functioning of major Muzrai temples is now through, with Governor H.R. Bhardwaj giving his assent to the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Minister for Higher Education and Muzrai V.S. Acharya said that the Governor, while giving his assent, has said the legislation is the most progressive of enactments. Only temples under the department's jurisdiction would be controlled by the council. There are 150 temples generating revenue of more than Rs. 50 lakh per year. The remaining temples would be controlled by a district-level religious council, headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the district concerned.

The State and district-level Dharmika Parishat (religious council) envisaged in the Act would administer affairs of the Muzrai temples and not come in the way of functioning of Hindu denomination temples, maths and temples under maths, and temples where hereditary rights are conferred on persons to run their affairs.

Referring to the chronological events that led to the drafting of the Bill, he said the Karnataka High Court had struck down the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act 1997. Following an appeal, the Supreme Court had stayed the operation of the judgment of the High Court and permitted enforcement of the Act, except Section 25. The Act has been amended based on the Supreme Court's verdict, he said.

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