NCM asks Jharkhand government to add ‘holy’ in Jain site notification | India News


NEW DELHI: Stating that the Centre and the Jharkhand government have decided that the Jain site of Sammed Shikharji will remain a place of pilgrimage and not be converted into a tourism hub, National Commission for Minorities chairperson Iqbal Singh Lalpura on Wednesday said authorities have also been asked to add the word “holy/ religious” to the notificati on in place of tourist site.
“Jains all over the country were protesting againstdeclaring Sammed Shikharji Hill a s a tourist place. NCM took up the matter with the Jharkhand government and the ministry of environment and forests. The Centre and the Jharkhand government have decided that it will remain a pilgrim place. No alcohol or meat will be allowed there,” Lalpura said at a press conference at the NCM headquarters in Delhi.
A hearing in this matter was held in NCM on Tuesday, he added. “The concerned authorities have been advised to review the govern-ment noti fication to add the word ‘holy/religious’ so that the sanctity of the area can be maintained. This will resolve the long pending demand of the Jain community,” Lalpura said . He said that the Jharkhand government has assured that it would issue an official order in the matter soon.
The Centre on January 5 stayed a ll tourism activities a t the Parasnath Hill where the Jain holy site is located. The Jharkhand government was directed to take all steps to protect the sanctity of the site.

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