Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Kamakhya Devalaya Bill stayed

The introduction of the Assam Sri Sri Ma Kamakhya Devalaya Management Bill-2015, had to be stayed by the Tarun Gogoi led Congress government, with several Opposition members pointing out “anomalies” in the Bill concerning the provisions of temple management by Dolois.

As soon as the government sought leave from the House to introduce the bill, AGP legislature party leader Phani Bhusan Choudhury raised an alarm, saying hurry in passing the bill could lead to a confrontation later.

Choudhury said that the Bill envisaged one Doloi for the Kamakhya shrine against the existing and time-tested practice of having two Dolois. He added that the Government should have discussed the issue with the temple management- Bardeuri Samaj, before introducing the Bill in the Assembly.

Another AGP legislator Keshab Mahanta said that a time-tested tradition of the historic shrine should not be interfered by the Government and that the Bill be kept in abeyance until the issue was sorted out with the temple authorities.

Meanwhile, BJP legislator Jadav Deka also opposed the Bill in its present form on the same ground.

Minister Rakibul Hussain conceded and said the government will bring the bill in the next session after discussing it with the Bordeuri Samaj.

The State government intends to constitute a board for the management of the temple through the bill. The board, to be headed by a serving or retired IAS officer of the rank of commissioner & secretary, will have members, including those nominated by the government and representatives from the Bordeuri Samaj, district administration and State Revenue and Finance departments.

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