Pune: The National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, and local village representatives as well as Baramati MP Supriya Sule, have discussed the feasibility of shifting all the religious structures and ‘Gramdaivat’ (village deity) currently located inside NDA to some place outside the academy, in the city in close vicinity of current settlement of people from these villages for better upkeep and ease of conducting religious practices, NDA officials said in their statement to Sakal Times on Monday.
It has been a thorny issue as villagers have accused NDA officials of not allowing them free access to temple (village deity/ Gramdaivat) inside their premises.
Earlier on August 2, Sule and local representatives had met Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and discussed various issues related to villages around the NDA. After the meeting, Sule had said that they had also sought permission for religious functions on the land belonging to NDA.
After the villagers protested in April this year, Sule had a meeting with the Commandant, NDA, to streamline the issues related to religious activities of local villagers in the temples located inside NDA premises, on 23 May.
NDA officials said that it was resolved in the meeting that a ‘Civil Military Committee’ comprising of representative of various villages not exceeding five members and three representatives of NDA under Chairmanship of Brigadier Administration is to be formed, which will meet every quarter and finalise modalities of such religious activities.
“Centralised transport facility at the expense of users will be approved on case to case basis by the committee so formed for commuting between NDA Gate and temple premises. The visits to religious places inside NDA will be allowed between 6 am to 6 pm only. Presence of a police representative including Mahila Police on the day of such activities will be required to manage law & order situation, if any.”
The first meeting of the Civil Military Committee was held on July 31, where the aspects regarding the welfare for religious activity of Dhangar community scheduled to be held in December 2018 was discussed, NDA statement reads.