Deputation of BFDC calls on Advisor Sharma

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 14: A deputation of Bahu Fort Development Committee (BFDC) today called on Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, KK Sharma and submitted a memorandum regarding constitution of Shrine Board of Bawa Wali Mata Temple, regularisation of 10+2 contractual lecturers and Amnesty scheme for electricity bills here.
The deputation was led by President Rajeev Charak, Vice Chairman, Advocate Ishant Gupta, Legal Advisor, Advocate Varun Gupta and Vice President Krishan Chand Sharma.
Advisor Sharma heard the grievances of the deputation patiently and gave full assurance for early constitution of Shrine Board of Bawe Wali Mata Temple, regularization of contractual lecturers and reintroduce amnesty scheme so that the residents can clear all pending electricity bills.
Charak while briefing to Advisor urged that to increase religious tourism and to generate employment avenues for the unemployed youth, the constitution of Shrine Board of Bawe Wali Mata Temple is must.
“Since decades, a single family has been maintaining the temple and did nothing for its development, resulting the yatris and residents of the areas are facing hardships such as cleanliness, hassle free darshan, lack of parking spaces, sarai and passenger shed”, he alleged.
He further said despite the site has been declared as protected monument by Archaeology Department but still there were reportedly haphazard erection of structures inside and around the temple, leading to further mismanagement.
Charak said that the constitution of Shrine Board will provide holistic development of the temple in a transparent and professional manner and also safe guard the temple properties like jewellery, ponds and proper utilization of funds.
Advocate Varun Gupta said that if the Board is constituted, the development will definitely take place and also there will be proper management because section 18 of The J&K Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Act, 1988 talks about duties of the Board which includes safe custody of funds and valuables and also about the construction of accommodation, sanitation etc.