Govt dissolves Gaondongrim temple committee
The State government has dissolved the managing committee of Shri Mallikarjun Devalaya at Gaondongrim and has directed the Canacona Joint mamlatdar to hold elections to elect a new committee on or before April 30.
In an order issued on Friday, Under Secretary (Revenue) Anju Kerkar dissolved the existing committee of Shri Mallikarjun Devalaya, Gaondongrim headed by Deepak Dessai. The order has evoked sharp criticism from the temple's managing committee.
In the same order, the under secretary has directed the Canacona Jt Mamlatdar to prepare the list of Mahajans (the eligible voters) of Shri Mallikarjun Devalaya, Gaondongrim and to hold elections to elect a new managing committee of the same Devalaya on or before April 30.
It may be recalled that elections to elect a new managing committee had been postponed indefinitely last month, after it was discovered the Mahajan’s list had gone missing.
Acting on complaints from a few Mahajans, the South Goa Collector directed the then Canacona Mamlatdar Sudhin Natu to submit a report in the matter. The government is believed to have issued the latest order after acting on the Mamlatdar’s report.
When contacted, Dessai accused the government of acting arbitrarily by issuing the dismissal order without even issuing them a primary notice, which according to him, amounted to a denial of natural justice.
“We will challenge the government order in court, as the government order has stemmed out from political considerations,” Dessai told Herald.
“It is ironical that the government, by issuing the controversial order, has jeopardized the temple’s annual Shigmosthav rituals, which is to be conducted by committee members in the last week of this month,” added Dessai. [H]