Ram Mandir hopes to have 15 members, including a Dalit

NEW DELHI: The Shri Teerth Kshetra Trust will have 15 members, one of whom will be from the Dalit community, Interior Minister Amit Shah he said on Wednesday, shortly after the afternoon Narendra Modi announced the decision of the cabinet to establish trust in Lok Sabha. The registered trust office will be at R-20 in the Grand Kailash Part I of Delhi, also the residence-office of K Parasaran, former attorney general and senior attorney who had defended on behalf of the deity in the Supreme Court.

Parasaran, 93, will also be one of his trustees. The trustees include Jagatguru Shankaracharya Jyothishpeethadheeshwar Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati, Prayagraj; Jagatguru Madhavacharya Swami Vishwa Prasannatheertha, Mathematics Pejawar, Udupi; Yugpurush Paramanand Maharaj, Haridwar; Swami Govinddev Giri Maharaj, Pune; Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra, Ayod hya; Dr. Anil Mishra, homeopathic doctor, Ayodhya; Kameshwar Chaupal, Patna; and Mahant Dinendra Das, Nirmohi Akhara, Ayodhya. Mishra is included as a descendant of the rulers of Ayodhya.

The collector of the Ayodhya district will be fiduciary ex officio and will be a practicing Hindu. If the incumbent collector is not a practicing Hindu, the additional collector must be one, which will make trust a totally Hindu affair.

There will also be a representative nominated by the Center, an IAS officer who is not below the rank of joint secretary. A representative will be nominated by the UP government. The Board of Trustees will appoint a chairman of a development and administration committee. Voting on the Board will be limited to a set of 10 administrators, mainly religious figures associated with the trust. These trustees will be essentially members until they die or decide to resign.

Shortly after the Supreme Court delivered the Ayodhya verdict on November 9, 2019, the head of RSS and Sangh senior leader, Suresh Bhaiyaaji Joshi, had visited Parasaran to thank him. Later he visited the ma keshift temple where the idol is currently located. The Gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday declared that it had approved the scheme, as ordered by the SC, which contains the necessary provisions regarding the operation of the trust, including matters related to the administration of the Trust, powers of the trustees: including the construction of the temple, and all necessary, incidental and complementary matters.

He said that possession of the interior and exterior courtyards of the disputed site, or the 1,500 square meter area on which the Babri Masjid was built, will be handed over to the trust. On why the notification of the Ministry of Interior described the 1,500-square-meter site as disputed, an officer said it was referred to as such in the SC verdict. He had stated that possession of the disputed property will continue to be acquired at the legal receiver under the Central Government until ... a notice is issued granting the property in the trust or other agency.