PNBMT renews appeal for framing of Board to protect shrines, temples

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 28: Pt. Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust (PNBMT) has reiterated its appeal to J&K Government regarding constitution of the Board for the management of Hindu Shrines and Temples in Kashmir Valley.
In its meeting here, today held through Video conferencing under the presidentship of Roshan Lal Pandita the chairman of the Trust it said that the Narendra Modi Government took various pro-people decisions during last six years and expressed the hope that the long pending demand of the Trust and Kashmiri Pandits regarding constitution of Board for protection of Hindu Shrines which has been pending for two decades now will also be met by present Government on which community is pinning high hopes.
The meeting while terming it a genuine and justified demand said that hundreds of temples and shrines in Kashmir valley suffered immense damage during 32 year long turmoil and some of the shrines and temples which were the heritage centers were razed to ground by terrorists and anti social elements over the years.
The members made it clear that these shrines and temples besides places of worship are ancient monuments and their preservation is must for posterity as they represent the rich cultural heritage of centuries together.
In an appeal to Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha the Trust urged him to take a decision in this regard as early as possible as constitution of the Board through an ordinance will serve as first Confidence Building Measure (CBM) with the displaced Hindus of Valley.
The meeting, which among others was attended by Dr R L Bhat, Shiban Khaibri, Kashmiri Lal senior Advocate, H L Bhat, Roshan Lal, Bushan Lal Bhat, Sundri Lal Koul, Dr R L Shant, P N Trisal, Dr K L Choudhary, Dr A N Pandita, H L Jad, B L Handoo, M K Jalali, Virender Raina, H N Pandita, C L Pandita, M K Raina, P L Saraf, S K Saraf, B L Zar, M K Pandita and others also decided to cancel amateur journalists awards 2020 given in honour of Amar Shaheed Pt Prem Nath Bhat every year since 1990 to the amateur journalists of J&K who have contributed to the national cause and highlighted the plight of exiled community.
This year’s award ceremony was cancelled in view of prevailing COVID Pandemic. The Award has been instituted in the name of late leader who was himself amateur journalist and had contributed to various news papers of J&K especially Jammu.