An Appeal to Govt of Andhra Pradesh sign now

The Governor of Andhra Pradesh
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Cabinet Ministers of Andhra Pradesh
MLAs and MPs of Andhra Pradesh

We, the under signed request the government of Andhra Pradesh to give Hindu Temples and other institutions the same privileges that are accorded to Churches and Mosques.

Hindus in the State feel that they are being unconstitutionally deprived of their religious freedom to manage their places of worship. The temple going devotees have no say whatever in managing their temples. This is unfair and unequal treatment (prohibited by the Constitution), considering that the Christians and Muslims in the country have total control of their places of worship and religious importance.

What started as government supervision to ensure good governance, has become, over the years, total control by government of temples, their income and their property being misused. This is unconstitutional for a secular government.

Even with such total control temple lands which are endowed property are being sold, encroached or otherwise alienated with or without government consent. Government control of temples has thus resulted in damage to temple property and welfare.

Temples are being treated as a government department. This is illegal because government is at best only a trustee of temple income and property and not the owner. It is the deity which is the owner, under the settled law of the country.

For these reasons it is imperative to repeal or drastically modify the Endowment Act and Rules.

It is possible to entrust the temples to the control of devotee population and the Hindu religious leadership and still provide statutorily for transparent and accountable management.

The State government must entrust a high powered expert commission of temple going Hindus with the task of rewriting the law applicable to temples and other places of learning and reverence to Hindus.

Government of Andhra Pradesh should disclose all the assets owned by the Hindu temples since passage Endowment act and handover the illegally occupied lands back to the temples.

We are sincerely appealing the elected officials of AP to give Hindus the same rights and privileges to manage their Hindu Temples and Mutts that were accorded to other religions.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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