Rs 27 cr for Archakas salaries : Indrakaran

Hyderabad: Endowment and Housing Minister A Indrakaran Reddy today said that Rs 10 lakhs will be released for construction of temples at colonies of weaker sections without the need of matching grants. After holding a meeting with CGS Committee and with Archakas and temple officials at Secretariat here the minister asked to speed up the temple construction works.

Indrakaran Reddy said that CGF sanctioned Rs 27 cr towards payment of honorary salaries to the Archakas and approved to sanction Rs 50 cr for 165 new temples at various districts. He also said that CGF approved to give Rs 1 cr every year to maintain Vedic School. The archakas and pujaris will perform regular rituals of Dhupa deepa naivedyam in the temples and the government will provide them salaries through CGF he said. The officials were instructed to coordinate and complete the construction of new temples at the earliest. He also asked the archakas, pujaris and staff to discharge duties more efficiently.