End to exploitation in the name of religion
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All regular visitors to the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Jammu, who are more than 50years of age, would vouch that the assigning the administration of the shrine to an independent Board in 1986 has led to dramatic improvement in the management and infrastructure in and around the Shrine. No one's religious feelings have been hurt and the number of pilgrims visiting the holy cave has multiplied exponentially.
To take the experience further the government must set up an autonomous constitutional body like Election Commission to take over the management and administration of all the existing places of worship in the country. Any new place of worship should be set up only by such body after considering the request of the local residents and subject to rules and regulations.
This may put an end to rampant cases of exploitation, mismanagement, money laundering and other disputes, encroachment of public land, environment degradation, and promote secularism, brotherhood, tolerance etc.
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