The Union government has notified Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust as a place of public worship and historical significance for the purpose of making donations under Section 80G of Income Tax Act.
Section 80G of I-T Act permits donations made to specified charitable institutions like temple, mosque or church, and relief funds as a deduction from your gross total income before reaching at taxable income.
Only donations made to prescribed funds qualify as a deduction under Section 80G and the deductions can be claimed by any tax payer—individuals or companies. Deduction under Section 80G can be availed only when the contribution is made to the trust or fund through cheque or draft or cash.
After decades of legal battle, the Supreme Court had, on November 9, 2019, ruled that the disputed site at Ayodhya should be handed over for construction of a Ram temple.
Later, in February, a 15-member Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra was set up to oversee the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. In March, the first phase of construction of a Ram temple began with the creation of a new place where the idol of lord Ram would be kept.