The State government on Monday dissolved the committee headed by Justice Baskaran, former Judge of the Madras High Court, to make recommendations to bring in a new Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act to suit the present-day requirements without changing the basic structure of the Act enacted in 1959.

The committee was asked to give its recommendation on 14 subjects, including measures for prevention of encroachments on temple property and regulation of hereditary trustees and inclusion of recommendations of the Justice A.K. Rajan committee in the new Act.

Justice Rajan submitted a report on training aspects and qualifications required for ‘archakas' from all communities.

Archaka training institutes

The government started Saiva Archaka training institutes in Madurai, Palani, Thiruchendur and Tiruvannamalai and two Vaishnava Archaka training institutes in Chennai and Srirangam.

The committee was constituted by the DMK government in September 2010 and its period was extended for six months in February 2011.


Now the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government has ordered its termination following a letter from the HR&CE commissioner, who sought a clarification on the continuation of the committee since it had not completed its work.