Thursday, December 27, 2018

My wish list for Hindu places of worship

Indian lawmakers should formalize the federal level Hindu Endowment Board (HEB) with supervisory powers on all Hindu places of worship. Appoint capable persons at federal and state level HEBs to manage all Hindu places of worship. No exclusion.

Centralize all approval for new places of worship through HEB to ensure strict adherence to religion requirements. Approval must be sought from relevant local authorities for any new construction or renovation. Land MUST be owned by the places of worship, with proper documentation and title. If land ownership is uncertain, construction should NOT be allowed.

Management committee of ALL places of worship MUST be registered with Registrar of Societies (ROS) and adhere to ROS guidelines on registration, accounts and other matters.

To avoid abandoned construction projects, construction of new or reconstruction of existing places of worship can ONLY begin after proof of sufficient funds are guaranteed by temple management committee. Committee must remain in office throughout construction period.

Mandatory periodic audit must be conducted for:
a) all accounts
b) conduct of worship according to religious requirement
c) community activities

12 months registration period for ALL unregistered places oF worship to legalize place, land, committee and all related issues. After 12 months, no illegal places of worship should remain operating.

Sekian, saya yang mencadangkan.
Sashi Kumar