JAMMU, June 25: Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust (PNBMT) held a meeting of the members of the Core Group under the chairmanship of Shiban Khaibri to review the progress relating to the passage of the all important Kashmiri Hindu Temples and Shrines Bill today.
While speaking in the meeting the members expressed serious concern regarding the condition of the temple and shrine properties in Kashmir. They expressed shock and dismay at the condition of the temple properties in Kashmir with everyday news emanating of usurpation, vandalization and mischief.
The temples and shrines of Kashmir have seen a continuous process of neglect and apathy ever since the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley.
With the further deteriorating situation in Kashmir there is an imminent threat to the very existence of these symbols of our pristine civilization that have been in existence for the last more than 5000 years in Kashmir.
Members said that the passage of the all important Kashmiri Hindu Temples and Shrines Bill alone can create a legal and institutional framework that would ensure the safety security and upkeep of these temples. The members were unanimous in their opinion that there was a need to intensify the efforts at all levels and create a national level consciousness for the passage of the Temples and Shrines Bill in Kashmir. In the days to come the members of the PNBMT would be meeting all the important functionaries and lawmakers in this regard.
On the occasion a message from the newly elected President of AIKS Col. (retd) Tej Tikoo was also read out enlisting complete and unconditional support to the efforts of the PNBMT for the passage of the Temples and Shrines Bill in Kashmir.
The prominent members of the Trust who attended the meeting included B.L.Saraf, H.L.Bhat, Sundri Lal Koul, A.K.Raina, Vijay Kashkari, Bushan Lal Bhatt Nadimarg, M.M Thaploo,Shadi Lal, M.K.Jalali, B.L.Zar and Virender Raina.