The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to bring in an ordinance to regulate places of worship across Uttar Pradesh, with an eye on managing donations and offerings at these sites.
The proposed ordinance — to be called the Regulation and Registration of Religious Places Ordinance — will likely set rules for registration, function, operational practices and security at religious places.
In the making since October 2019 after a Supreme Court remark in a religious dispute over donations, the law aims to cover the religious places of all religions.
A cabinet meeting to clear the ordinance could be called soon, said sources.
According to an official in the Uttar Pradesh government, the ordinance will make the registration of all religious places, including the prominent sites, mandatory.
It will also have a provision for a financial body, which will keep all the details about the donations and offerings being made at these institutions. Moreover, the proposed law will also carry parameters for safety of all religious institutions.