INDIA, December 30, 2021 (Republic World): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday revealed that his government was considering a bill to free Hindu temples and religious institutions from state control. [Other religions already have full control of their own institutions, without any state control.] Addressing a state meeting in Hubli, the CM stated that the primary goal to bring in a bill to free Hindu religious institutions in Karnataka was to lift the rules that forced temple managements to seek permission from the state to utilize their income for development. With the new bill, temples in Karnataka would be free to manage their affairs, a historic decision that may be taken soon after consultation with senior party leaders, he shared.

Discussing how Hindu temples had suffered at the behest of state officers and bureaucrats, and several bylaws and rules, Basavaraj Bommai said, “They will from now look after their own development.” He further disclosed that the government was mulling over introducing the bill in the next Cabinet before the budget session in the assembly. “Except for regulation, they will manage their own affairs,” the CM added. Earlier this year, the Uttarakhand Government had also freed temples from the state’s control. In a massive development, CM Tirath Singh Rawat on April 9 had revoked the earlier Trivendra Singh Rawat government’s ‘Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act’ – freeing temples from state government’s control – including Himalayan temples of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

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