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Himachal govt pressurises temples to melt gold

The Himachal Pradesh government is making a fresh bid to melt gold and silvering offerings, donated by devotees.

One year after the central government scheme failed to catch up with the trust, the state government has now written to all deputy commissioners to persuade the management to monetise the offerings.

Taking a cue from Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu, Himachal government’s department of language, art and culture amended a legislation three years ago, allowing temple managements to melt gold and silver ornaments to turn them into souvenirs and allow its sale to devotees visiting the shrines. The Himachal Govt. seems unaware of the fact that all these gold and silver are devotion of devotee and not Just gold and silver.

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