In a letter to the Chief Secretary of the Govt of Tamil Nadu, I gave an insight on unlawful utilization of Hindu temple properties.
In past few elections, many of the District Electoral Officials/District Collectors in Tamil Nadu are using vehicles belonging to the temples for their election duties. This is due to their assumption that the temple vehicles are government vehicles, whereas, as per the law, the properties of the temple are vested only for deities and cannot be utilized for government purposes.
Executive Officers of Hindu Temples need to be instructed to outright reject such requisition of temple vehicles for Election duty/work from District Collectors, etc.
The respective Executive Officers of the temples and/or the Regional Joint Commissioners in whose regional jurisdiction the temple would come have been naively obliging such requests without realizing such utilisations are in fact criminal misappropriations of Hindu temple properties.
In my letter to the chief secretary of govt of Tamil Nadu, I requested her to, at once direct all District Collectors in Tamil Nadu that commandeering or requisitioning of Hindu Temple vehicles for election duties or related works is against the law and therefore should not be resorted to.
I also added that, a similar directive be issued to the Additional Chief Secretary & Secretary – Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments, Government of Tamil Nadu and to the Commissioner – Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department, directing them to instruct the Executive Officers of Hindu Temples to outright reject any such requisition of temple vehicles for Election duty/work from District Collectors, etc.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
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