The Somnath Temple Trust is all set to become Gujarat’s first temple to deposit its idle gold in the Gold Monetisation Scheme, Scheme launched by PM Narendra Modi. Somnath Temple Trustees list include PM Narendra Modi also. PM Modi and other trustees have agreed to invest the temple’s idle gold in the scheme. The trust has around 35 kg of gold and will deposit the gold.
The decision was taken during the recently held meeting of trustees at Modi’s residence in Delhi on 12 January 2016, said the trust secretary PK Lahiri, who is also one of the trustees of the Somnath Temple, situated in the Gir-Somnath district of Gujarat.
Now, the management will segregate the pure gold from the whole lot to finalize the quantum of gold which can be deposited.
Other trustees of the Somnath Temple trust include former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, who is also the chairman of the trust, veteran BJP leader LK Advani, Harshvardhan Neotia and JD Parmar. All these six trustees were present during the meet. BJP president Amit Shah was appointed as the seventh trustee during the meet on 12 January 2016.
Gujarat has three main temples: Somnath Temple, Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka district and Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district. All of them are run by their respective trusts, which are governed by Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board. However, apart from the Somnath Temple, no other prominent temple in Gujarat, which has the capacity to deposit their gold, have shown interest in the scheme.
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