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3537Small temples to be developed

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  • chandwani01
    Aug 9, 2011
      Small temples to be developed
      Tribune News Service

      Shimla, August 9
      The government is likely to implement the Small Temple Adoption Scheme, wherein public facilities will be developed for pilgrims at smaller temples in the vicinity of major government-controlled temples.

      The cabinet sub-committee which held its meeting here yesterday under the chairmanship of Irrigation and Public Health Minister Ravinder Singh Ravi, agreed in principle to spend money from the bigger government-controlled temples on creating facilities at smaller shrines.

      Ravi said in future the Vikram Samvat year would be inscribed on all the government foundation and inauguration stones. "A proposal to this effect will be placed before the Cabinet for approval and since Vikram Samvat epitomises the essence of Indian culture, the government will adopt it," he said.

      The Cabinet sub-committee constituted to review the report submitted by the high-powered committee for the Administration of Temples held its third meeting and discussed the detailed report regarding the amendment of Section 29 of the scheduled temples taken over by the government under provisions of the HP Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment Act, 1984.

      He said the state government would issue proper guidelines so that the same puja could be performed at the time of inauguration or laying foundation stones of various developmental activities in the state. He added that training programmes would be held for the priests.