15 Oct 2023

Will NRIs Be Able To Contribute In Construction Of Ram Temple In Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh?

The construction work of Ram Temple in Ayodhya is in full swing. A lot of money is being spent for that.

Although the official consecration date for the statues in January hasn't been officially announced, it is widely believed to be January 22. Every effort is being made to ensure that both the temple and the city of Ayodhya are fully prepared for this auspicious event.

It's not just the temple and its complex that are seeing active development; the entire city of Ayodhya is being readied for the arrival of crores of devotees. The government is implementing multi-crore projects to support this endeavor.

Trust has applied for license to receive foreign donations

Ram devotees in India regularly contribute in the construction of the temple. But those living in foreign countries are unable to do so as they can't come to India. But the wishes of NRIs to contribute in the construction of the temple be fulfilled?

In the midst of these preparations, it has come to light that the Ram Janbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has applied for a license to receive foreign donations under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). 

Champat Rai, the general secretary of Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra, stated in Ayodhya, "A significant number of Indians reside abroad, and many NRIs maintain strong ties to their ancestral homeland. They have expressed a desire to contribute to the Tirtha Trust, but there are strict regulations in India."

Champat Rai also highlighted concerns about the misuse of FCRA by some institutions in India. He explained, "In response to the wishes of overseas devotees of Lord Ram, we have submitted an application for FCRA registration."

Hindu diaspora in foreign countries willing to make contributions

Prakash Gupta, the office in-charge of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya, revealed that three years have passed since the formation of the temple trust, and the FCRA registration process has now been completed. They are now awaiting government approval, expected to be granted by November or December.

Gupta emphasized that there is a substantial Hindu diaspora in foreign countries willing to make contributions. The challenge they faced was how to donate if they couldn't physically visit the site. 

Gupta told that the construction work is ongoing, with the first floor currently under development. The second floor and the dome will follow, indicating that there is still much work ahead. The overall project cost for temple construction is estimated at Rs 2000 crore.

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