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Amendment to Jagannath Temple Act

Date: 07 January 2022 Tags: Bills & Laws

Issue

The Odisha state cabinet has approved the amendments to the Sri Jagannath Temple Act of 1954.

 

Background

The amendments are regarding land owned by the Jagannath Temple and are considered historic in nature.

 

Details

  • The amendment gives powers to the Jagannath Temple administration and concerned officials to sell or lease out temple land, without prior approval from the state government.

  • Before the amendment, people in possession of temple land had to approach the state government for sale or transfer of the land.

 

 Jagannath Temple Act, 1954

  • Regulations were first notified by the British government in 1806 for management of the Jagannath temple, known to them as Juggernaut Temple.

  • The Odisha government, after independence in 1952, introduced the Jagannath Temple Act. It contained provisions related to management and administration of the temple.

 

New changes

  • The decision-making powers have been decentralized. The temple administration and concerned officials can approve sale and lease of land in name of Jagannath temple. 

  • The approval of the state government will not be required for leasing out, mortgaging or selling any immovable properties owned by the temple.

 

Eligibility

  • People already using the temple land are given the option to either buy the land from temple administration or take it on lease.

  • Temple lands have been identified across the states of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Bihar.

 

Significance

  • The temple will receive additional revenues through leasing and selling of land.

  • The delay occurring due to clearance from the government can be avoided.