UP is likely to bring ordinance soon to control religious places
Subhash Mishra | TNN
| Updated: Jan 2, 2021, 07:06 IST
LUCKNOW: The UP government is likely to soon introduce an ordinance to regulate and control the religious places on private and public land. A presentation in this regard was made before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently. After that top circles in the ruling party and the bureaucratic set up were conveyed about the intention of the government to bring the ordinance.
A similar attempt was made by the BJP government in the state in January 2000, when Ram Prakash Gupta was the CM. Named ‘UP Regulation of Public Religious Building and Places Bill Bill 2000’, the bill was passed by the state assembly amid loud protests by the Opposition. However, when it went for the assent of Raj Bhawan, the then governor Suraj Bhan sent it to the President for his consent.
The Presidential consent never came; the Bill failed to turn into an Act for its implementation. Highly placed sources told TOI that in a bid to avoid such a situation, the government is considering promulgating an ordinance for its immediate implementation. The new law is likely to be called ‘Uttar Pradesh Regulation and Registration of Religious Places’. The new law would be moved by the religious affairs department with views and inputs from the law and parliamentary affairs departments also. “As in 2000, the proposal of the government is to control and regulate the functioning of all religious places, irrespective of communities. However, just the way certain minority communities had opposed the bill, this time too they are apprehensive of the government’s intervention in the religious places,” said a political analyst.
The Yogi government has already introduced an anti-conversion ordinance and ‘Recovery of Damage to Public and Private Property Ordinance’ which have generated much heat.
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