RAM TEMPLE: Mahant Nritya Gopal Das to head Ram Temple Trust

NEWS MAHANT RAM TEMPLE
NEW DELHI: Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was elected president and Champat Rai general secretary of the Ram Temple trust at its first meeting here on Wednesday. The meeting, held at the residence of senior lawyer K Parasaran, also elected PM Modi’s former principal secretary Nripendra Misra as the head of the temple construction committee of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust. 

The meeting worked out modalities to speed up the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. To start with, it was decided to open an account in Ayodhya’s SBI branch to deposit donations for the Ram temple construction, Chanmpat Rai told the media. Swami Govind Dev Giri of Pune would be treasurer of the trust.

Central government representative at the meeting was additional secretary in Home ministry Gyanesh Kumar, UP government’s representative Avinash Awasthy and Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha.

PM Modi had announced the formation of the 15-member trust in Parliament on February 5. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust has seven members, five nominated members and three trustees. The trust was formed in adherence to the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute in November last year.


Senior lawyer Parasaran was named as head of the trust and its other members include Jagatguru Shankracharya, Jyothishpeethadheeshwar Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj from Allahabad, Jagatguru Madhavacharya Swami Vishwa Prasannatheerth Ji Maharaj, Pejawar Math in Udupi, Yugpurush Paramanand Ji Maharaj from Haridwar, Swami Govinddev Giri Ji Maharaj from Pune and Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra from Ayodhya. –Agencies, IHN-NN

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