The Temples Protection Movement, which responded to the Centre's invitation to give public opinion on Lokpal Bill as one of the initiatives to fight corruption, has suggested creation of ‘Dharmika Parishads' in all States to free temples from corruption as part of Citizen's charter.
M.V. Soundararajan, convener of the Movement, in a memorandum submitted to Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Chairman, Parliament's Standing Committee on Personnel Grievances, had explained the efforts made on tackling the problem of corruption in temple administration in the State. The initiative taken by the Temple Protection Movement would fall within the proposed Citizen's charter favoured by Parliament, he added.
Revitalising smaller temples was important as well as eliminating corruption in major temples“We have got an assurance that the Standing Committee would consider our views,” he added.
Prof. Soundararajan, chief hereditary trustee, Chilkur Balaji temple, said since the constitution of ‘Dharmika Parishad' as part of amendment to Endowments legislation in 2009, corruption had come down significantly through its active grievance redressal mechanism.
He said in his memorandum that the movement against corruption and commercialisation of temples had paved way for amendment to Endowment legislation and creation of ‘Dharmika Parishads' with eminent people known for their integrity as recommended by Justice Rama Jois committee. The Movement also sought the support of Anna Hazare and his team for constitution of ‘Dharmika Parishad, Prof. Soundararajan, said.