State Govt Proposes Religious Shrines Bill

November 11, 2006


To curb corruption at religious places, the government of Maharashtra has decided to take over all religious shrines through a new legislation. According to senior government officials the proposed ‘Religious Shrines, Places and Temple Regulations’, will add Rs. 40,000 crore to the government’s coffer. But this law is likely to create resentment as it finds no mention about the Aukaf Land. After receiving a number of complaints about the growing corruption in many religious places, the government took a decision to introduce legislation to control all the shrines in the state. The draft bill of this proposed law is ready and the government might introduce this in the winter session of the legislature.

In Mumbai city alone, there are 60,000-70,000 religious places. Most of these shrines are surrounded by various controversies and more than 75,000 litigations related to them are pending with the Charity Commissioner’s office. The officials feel that this particular legislation will reduce the litigations and will get some way out to the long pending problems.