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JAMMU: Extending full support to the ongoing protest of employees of Dharmarth Trust which entered its second month on Saturday, Shiv Sena urged the trust administration to accept their genuine demands so as to save the heritage and culture of the city of temples, besides providing a major fillip to the religious tourism that Jammu promises. The employees of Dharmarth Trust which looks the temples in the erstwhile state are protesting since past one month demanding constitution of Board for all temples under the Trust on pattern of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, besides other issues including enhancement of salaries. The protesting employees got a shot in the arm when Shiv Sena coming out strongly in their support, even as party’s national organizer Gulab Chand Dubey said that Shiv Sena will fight together with the protestors and will see to it that their demands are met.Dubey said that Jammu is City of Temples and it’s the responsibility of the government to maintain the glory of the Union Territory.“I appeal to the Lt Governor Shri Manoj Sinha to bring all the temples of Jammu and Kashmir under one Board at par with the Shrine Board so that the proper care given to these temples and the people associated with them,” he demanded.Putting light on Trust’s history, Shiv Sena Jammu and Kashmir President Manish Sahni said that the trust was established by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1846 with the objective of maintaining the temples of Jammu and Kashmir and preserving Dogra identity.“However, the trust has failed miserably in its cause. The condition of many Hindu temples in the Kashmir division is Pathetic.“I regret to observe that the Trust has never showed its concern towards the issues of its employees and Pujaris , who are associated for the last so many decades. Due to hollow policies of the Trust, the employees and Pujaris are on roads and staging protests and demonstrations in support of their demands,” he said.The administration must pay heed to their problems and accept their demands at the earliest, he added.
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