Pushkar Singh Dhami announces withdrawal of Char Dham Board law

Dehradun: After months of protests by Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti and other organisations, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami declared on Tuesday that the State government will withdrawal the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Act.

"The Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill has been withdrawn by our administration," Dhami stated. "The decision to abolish the Devasthanam Board is based on feedback from Teerth Purohit, Haq Hookdhari, the people's representative, and a high-level committee report," he added. The planned shrine board will oversee the Char Dhams of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri, as well as 49 other temples.

The said act was opposed by a number of organisations, including Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti. The temple priests claim that their rights are being violated as a result of the formation of this board.

On November 20, the Mahapanchayat agreed to hold a sit-in protest against the Devasthanam Act at the worship sites of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri Dhams.  The Kedarnath Teerth Purohit Samaj had previously alleged that then-Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had promised to reconsider the board's decision.

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