Jain Protest: Centre asks Jharkhand government to ban eco-tourism activity at Sammed Shikharji Temple
The central government has taken a big decision on Sammed Shikhar, the holy pilgrimage site of the Jain community located in Parasnath, Jharkhand. The Centre has instructed that the pilgrimage site will no longer be a tourist area. In the notification issued by the Union Environment Ministry, instructions have been given to ban all tourism and eco-tourism activities.
Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav has informed about this call through his official Twitter handle. The Central government has withdrawn its order issued three years ago on Thursday. On the second page of a two-page letter issued today on January 5 by the Ministry of Environment, Government of India have mentioned the ban.
‘The implementation of the provisions of Clause-3 of the Eco-Sensitive Zone Notification is immediately banned, in which all other tourism and eco-tourism activities are included. The State government is directed to take all necessary steps immediately to ensure that,’ read the letter.
The Central government formed a monitoring committee after the Jain protest too. The state government has been asked to invite two members from the Jain community and one member from the local tribal group as permanent members to join the committee.
Jain community was agitating against the decision
The Jain community has been agitating for the last few days against the declaration of Sammed peak as a tourist area. Many Jain monks had also started fasting until death against the declaration. Sadly, Jain sage Sugyesagar Maharaj had also sacrificed his life on Tuesday.
Sammed Shikharji is a Jain holy pilgrimage
Sammed Shikharji is a holy pilgrimage for Jains. People belonging to the Jain community consider every particle of Sammed Shikharji sacred. He is also known as Parshwanath Parvat, is situated on the Parasnath hill in Giridih district of Jharkhand. This place is associated with the faith of the people. A large number of Hindus also consider it a great center of faith.