Law minister:virtue in govt's administration of shrines

Law minister:virtue in govt's administration of shrines

Union Minister for IT and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said when the management of a shrine is taken over by government, it often leads to more development and spending on social causes.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting the Saibaba temple at Shirdi in Maharashtra.

Replying to a question about the state government's decision to enact a law to streamline the affairs of the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district, the BJP leader said, "Many times, during government administration, more development has taken place. Colleges have been opened for students (by temple trusts managed by the government)."

Asked if a similar decision would be taken as regards gurdwaras, mosques or churches, Prasad said, "I cannot answer this today. I have come here as a devotee. I am happy and would like to go from here with this happiness."

The Shirdi Saibaba temple in Ahmednagar district, which attracts devotees from across India, is managed by a government-appointed body.