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Tamil Nadu government to take back temple land from encroachers


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Chennai. Tamil Nadu is taking steps to recover the lost land after the Madras High Court on Tuesday reprimanded the state government for missing 47,000 acres of temple land between 1984 and 2019. A division bench of the Madras High Court comprising Justice N Kirubakaran and Justice TV Thamilselvi asked the state government to take action on behalf of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department and find the missing 47000 acres of temple land as of July 5, as per government records. But a counter-affidavit was directed to be filed.

Speaking to IANS, Tamil Nadu HRD and CE Minister PK Shekhar Babu said, “Chief Minister MK Stalin wants the temple land to be restored and the interests of the temples to be taken care of. We have found that there is something on the temple land. Houses were constructed in the area. We are taking steps to ensure that these landlords become tenants and pay rent to the temple.”

The HR&CE department confirmed that the government is in the process of restoring the temple land and already verified the details of 3,43,647 acres of temple land. The department has compared the data available with it and the state’s land records registry with the revenue department of Tamil Nadu government.

A senior HR&CE official told IANS, “We have already uploaded the title documents, chits and even gift deeds related to thousands of temples in the state on the HR&CE website. Now people can easily visit the temples with ease. You can get complete information about the land.

BJP leader and party spokesperson KT Raghavan told IANS, “We have to see how serious the Tamil Nadu government is in this regard. The Madras High Court has already filed a counter-affidavit to the Human Resources and CE Department regarding the disparity of temple land records. In the policy notes of the state government, when it was 5.25 lakh acres in 1984 and when it was increased to 4.78 lakh acres in 2019-20, there was a difference of 47,000 acres. The BJP will launch massive agitations across the state if it doesn’t take steps to get the land back.”

–IANS

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