Taking up the issue of temple lands occupied by the occupancy tenants, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh issued instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners to identify such temples where the ‘Sewadaars’ or occupancy tenants had become the owners of the temple property and had neglected the temples.
He was presiding over the second state level Brahmin Welfare Board meeting here today.
He said that the government had set up the revolving fund to run such temples which had remained ignored. There was a time when in exchange of service in temples, a piece of land was given to the tenants to manage their livelihood but with a passage of time they became the owners of the land and ignored the daily rituals, he said.
Every district will have Parshuram Community Bhawans or Brahmin Bhawan to be constructed by the government provided it needs to be applied for by the members of the community, said he.
The Chief Minister assured to consider setting up libraries having rare books pertaining to ‘Karamkand’ or daily rituals in the famous temples being run by the trusts in the State.
He exhorted the Brahmins and others to come forward for construction and running of Gau-Sadans, though the government would also extend support to them. It is a matter of grave concern that the impression of tagged cows was also being removed or mutilated in one way or other by those who desert them to feed on their own. It was the need of the hour to change the mindset of the people and the brahmin community can contribute a lot in this direction. He said that strict action would be taken against those who were involved in killing of cows in Chamba.
The Chief Minister while speaking on the monkey menace said that the government was taking appropriate measures to stop this menace and also said that no one bothered about the exact number of monkeys sterilized. Feeding monkeys should be strictly banned on State and National Highways, he said.
He said that the government would think over to make amendments in Atrocities Act which was being widely misused. He said that provision should be made to take penal action against those registering false complaints against the innocent.
On demand of the community for extending benefits on basis of economic grounds the Chief Minister said that various benefits were being extended under the Indira Awas Yojna and Rajeev Awas Yojna to BPL families of every community irrespective of caste factor besides various benefits were also being extended in Animal Husbandry department, Food and Civil Supplies department etc.
He asked DC Kangra to look into the matter for allotment of land in Kangra district for setting up Brahmin Trust.
Issue was raised for scrapping the income ceiling limit for Bhatt Brahmins for procuring OBC certificates.
The Chief Minister raised concern over the maintenance of Khegsu temple near Luhri in Kullu district and said that it needs to be brought under the trust and was necessary to do so as it was the famous temple with beautiful idol of the goddess where Lavi fair was held in ancient times.
He said that applications had also been received to form trust of the ancient Radha Krishna temple at Damtal near Pathankot.
He assured to look into the issue of opening State level Sanskrit Academy and opening of Sanskrit colleges in Kullu and Chamba.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil, MLA, Shri Sanjay Rattan, Vice-Chairperson, HPSIDC, Shri Atul Sharma, Chairman APMC, Lahaul and Spiti, Shri Upendarkant Sharma, Senior Members of Brahmin Welfare Board, Shri D.D. Sharma, Pandit Mast Ram Sharma and representatives of Brahmin Kalyan Board were also present on the occasion amongst senior government officers.