[GHHF] Andhra Pradesh Government Reversed its Decision: Not Distributing Hindu Temple Lands for the Poor

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GOOD NEWS Andhra Pradesh Government decided not to distribute Hindu Temple lands for poor people. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has written a very strong letter asking the government not to use the Temple lands. Many other organizations also dis the same. In fact, we were preparing a Writ Petition challenging the government decision to distribute Temple lands. We will keep monitoring all the government actions related Temples, Temple money, Temple management and temple lands.

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Andhra Pradesh govt not to distribute temple land for the poor

Press Trust of India | Amaravati Last Updated at October 20, 2019 19:55 IST

Bowing to pressure from different quarters, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided not to give away temple lands in the form of house sites to the landless poor.

The government had announced it would distribute house sites and housing units to over 25 lakh beneficiaries on Telugu New Years Day 'Ugadi' next year.

In line with this, Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Manmohan Singh issued a memo to all district Collectors asking them to identify land available village-wise.

He also asked the Collectors to identify endowment lands, which the "temples and choultries are willing to auction with the permission of the High Court.

This stirred a controversy with the BJP and some Hindu religious organisations strongly opposing the move to dispense with temple lands.

The issue came up for discussion during a review meeting on lands Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted here recently.

The Chief Minister was categorical that no temple land should be touched. Instead, he wanted the required land acquired for distribution to the poor, a senior official, who attended the meeting, said.

Officials estimated that over 40,000 acres of land would be required for distribution to the landless poor.

So far, over 20 lakh prospective beneficiaries were identified under the programme.

While 21,948 acres of government land was identified for distribution, another 19,000 acres has to be acquired from private persons.

In some districts, lands earmarked for industrial promotion are also being converted into house sites since there has been no industrial development in the last few years, official sources said.

The land acquisition will cost us anywhere between Rs 8,000 crore and Rs 10,000 crore. We will complete the process of beneficiary identification by this month-end and then go for land acquisition, a senior official added.

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