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JAMMU: Vowing to intensify its ongoing agitation, the Dharmarth Trust Employees Association formed Mandir Raksha Manch with an aim to merge all temples falling under Dharmarth Trust into Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board for their proper upkeep.In this connection, the association organised a convention in which representatives of several Sabhas, religious and trader organisations participated. Representatives of several organisations including Raghunath Mandir Sewa Samiti, Jammu Province People’s Front, Khar Sadhu Samaj, Brahman Pratinidhi Sabha, Shiv Sena, Dogra Front, Sarv Shakti Sena, Modi Army, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Kashyap Rajput Sabha, Bahu Fort Development Committee, Pragati Manch, Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Employees Association, Freedom Fighters Memorial Association, Trade Union, Acharya Brahmin Bradri, Kranti Dal, Joint Employees Action Committee, Amar Khayatriya Rajput Sabha, JDA employees Union, Housing Corporation Trade Union and International VHP took part in the convention.Speaking on the occasion, the association members criticised management of J&K Dharmarth Trust alleging that management is bent upon destroying the Dogra culture. They demanded merger of all Dharmarth Trust temples with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board for their proper development. They informed that after taking all stakeholders and civil society members into confidence a new forum titled ‘Mandir Raksha Manch’ has been formed with an aim to intensify ongoing agitation for merging all the temples of Dharmarth Trust into the Shrine Board. “We shall continue our agitation till our demands will be met by the Trust members,” they reiterated.Rajiv Mahajan, President Raghunath Mandir Sewa Samiti criticised functioning of Dharmarth Trust and termed demands employees as genuine and justified. He urged Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to bring an ordinance and remove present structure of Dharmarth Trust besides constituting a new council to run trust affairs properly and protect temples’ property.M S Katoch Working President JPPF, Khar Sadhu Samaj, President Rajesh Bittu also spoke on the occasion.Meanwhile, the chain hunger launched by Dharmarth Trust employees entered seventh day. Those who sat on chain hunger strike today included Balwant Singh, Bablu, Ashok, Kartar, Satpal Raina, Sonika Manhas, Savita JAmwal, Gourav Gupta, Ritu Devi and Chaman Lal.The protesting employees appealed to the social, political, religious and civil organizations to come forward for cause of preserving Dogra heritage and religious places in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.Others present on the occasion included Ex-President Kernail Chand Thakur, ex-General Secretary, Pritam Sharma, Surjeet Singh, Parshotam Sharma, Ram Paul Sharma, Jagjeet Chand, Anil Sharma, Balwant Shastari, Harbans Shastari, Madan Sharma, Kundan Lal, Subash Shastri, Rakesh Shastari, Rekha Devi, Bandana Devi, Vimal Khajuria, Bablu Kumar, Pt. Ashwani Kumar, Sat Paul Pandit, Rajesh Kulkarni, Sagar Singh, Bhikham Singh, Jammu Paryatan Vikas Mandal, Sahil Sharma, Ravinder Singh Jamwal (Akhnoor), Pt Babu Bishambar Lal, Pt Raj Kumar (Suchetgarh), Karun Goswami (Nagrota), Reeta Salathia, Raj Kumari, Leela Devi, sheetal, Rajani, Shobha, Nisha and Sonika.
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