Kerala’s Communist Government likely to dissolve Devaswom Recruitment Board by handing over temple recruitment to PSC

The board was constituted depending on the recommendations of a single member commission comprising former Kerala High Court judge K S Paripoornan

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Temples of Kerala. Representational Image., Pixabay

Sept 10, 2016: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala has decided to dissolve the Devaswom Recruitment Board by handing over temple recruitment, with the exception of those performing rituals, to the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The decision comes amidst a continuing stand-off between the CPI(M) and its allies on the one side and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its feeder organizations on the other over matters connected with the management of temples and allowing entry of women at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, reported a leading news portal.

This will in fact harness the powers of four Devaswom boards in Guruvayur, Travancore, Malabar and Cochin managing around 3,000 temples.

On Thursday, a bill was introduced by the State Cabinet in the Kerala Assembly to assist recruitment from a common eligibility list to be prepared by the PSC, that is, for usurping the rights of the Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board, reported swarajyamag.com.

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This process is in progress with the passing of the bill, last year in 2015, to replace decree introduced by the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government, that actually set up the Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board, taking the first step towards the disbanding of the board.

The board was constituted depending on the recommendations of a single member commission comprising former Kerala High Court judge K S Paripoornan.

Temples dedicated of Swami Ayyappan, Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Temples dedicated of Swami Ayyappan, Image source: Wikimedia Commons

The Hindu Aikyavedi, an organization under the Sangh Parivar umbrella, is in the forefront of the campaign against the LDF government over issues of temple rituals and faith.

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The organization staged a sit-in by the leaders of various like-minded outfits in front of the Secretariat on Wednesday alleging that the LDF government was being privy to efforts to destroy the very foundations of faith at Sabarimala and other temples.

A lot of criticism is faced with the decision regarding the High Court’s intervention against the religious sentiments of a particular community.

A Bill, to replace the Ordinance, was passed by the State Assembly in 2015. Once the new Bill leaving recruitment to Devaswoms to the PSC is enacted, the present recruitment board will cease to exist.

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram with inputs from various sources