Friday, 09 July 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
A delegation comprising Teerth Purohits from the Char Dham and other stakeholders connected to these temples met chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and demanded that the government reconsider the contentious Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board. They demanded that the status before the formation of the board be restored.
Meeting Dhami on Thursday, the delegation informed him about the issues that had emerged after the enactment of the Devasthanam Board Act. The chief minister sought related documents from the Teerth Purohits in order to help in deciding the future course of action.
The Devbhumi Teerth Purohit Mahapanchayat spokesman Brijesh Sati said that the delegation requested the chief minister to restore the earlier arrangement. Dhami was informed that Teerth Purohits in the Char Dham shrines were agitating since the Devasthanam Board came into existence. On being requested to restore the earlier system of temple management and operations, the chief minister sought relevant documents from the delegation. The Gangotri temple committee head Suresh Semwal, Yamunotri Teerth Purohit Mahasabha head Purushottam Uniyal and others were part of the delegation. Cabinet minister Dhan Singh Rawat was also present on the occasion.
It is pertinent to mention here that while the Devasthanam Board came into existence during the tenure of Trivendra Singh Rawat as chief minister, the previous chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat had said that the state government would reconsider its decision on the Devasthanam Board. However, no decision has been taken on this issue so far.