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Centre has blocked the Odisha government’s ordinance to bring the Lingaraj temple and eight associated temples around the 11th-century shrine under a special law

Newdelhi:6/4/22:The Centre has blocked the Odisha government’s ordinance to bring the Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar and eight associated temples around the 11th-century shrine under a special law.

As per the Central government, the ordinance is outside the ‘legislative competence’ of the state legislature.

Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led’s cabinet had approved an ordinance to bring Lingaraj Temple, the largest temple in Bhubaneswar and its 8 other associated temples under a special law in lines with that of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri. Later, the State government had sought the Centre’s approval over the matter.

However, the Union government blocked the ordinance by citing the reason that it could lead to conflict with the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 (AMASR Act). The Odisha government has been further told that the ordinance is not within the power of the State government.

The Centre in a letter has further claimed that Odisha government has already violated the AMASR Act by executing construction activities around the Lingaraj temple.

Citing objections from the Ministry of Culture, the Home Ministry said that since the ordinance covers 12 centrally protected monuments including the Lingaraj temple, it was outside the legislative competence of the state legislature as it violates the provisions of AMASR Act, 1958.

“These centrally protected monuments are governed by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. As per the said Act, new constructions are not allowed in prohibited areas (100 metres zone from protected monument). Further, 200 metres area beyond prohibited area has been declared as regulated area where permission from competent authority on recommendation from the National

Monuments authority is required to undertake construction-related activities including repairs,” the letter sent to the Odisha Governor’s office read.

Meanwhile, the Raj Bhawan has sought a clarification from the Chief Secretary in this regard.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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