‘Allow Indian diaspora to donate for Ram Mandir construction’

New York: A prominent Indian-American activist has made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to permit members of the Indian diaspora to contribute for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya for which the bhoomi pujan will be held in the first week of August.

According to Prem Bhandari, a community activist, there are 3.2 crore NRIs and Persons of Indian Origin around the world. He said many of them want to contribute to the development of a grand Ram temple.

“I am a Bhakt of Ram Lalla and I too wish to contribute to the grand temple that will be constructed,” Bhandari, also the head of Jaipur Foot USA, said.

He appealed to PM Modi to ensure a system that enables those interested to contribute any amount they deem fit from $10 to $100.

He said that money collected from the diaspora should directly go to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust. The trust was set in February this year following the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement in November 2019.

The Nakoda Bheravnath Charitable Foundation had earlier donated Rs 1.5 crore ($200,882) for the COVID-19 cause. Bhandari is the Chairman of the foundation’s advisory board. (PTI)

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