Andra Pradesh Privatizes
Source: Deccan Chronicle
HYDERABAD, INDIA, December 29, 2002: It was recently announced that the State
government will be pulling out of low revenue earning or "loss-making" temples.
The priests of at least 24,000 temples which earn below Rs 25,000 each per
annum must now search for ways to generate resources. Following the government's
decision, these temples will not get the minimum allocations even for conducting
Official sources said the government's decision was a fall-out of the
Endowments Department's unwillingness to
bear the established expenditures for these temples after the government
implemented pay scales for temple priests.
The Supreme Court had allowed the State government to take away endowment
lands under the control of the priests and instead pay them salaries. "The
minimum additional expenditure for the government on account of payment of
salaries to priests in this category of temples would be around Rs 100,000,000
every month, while the existing grants for annual maintenance will be around Rs
250,000" a senior Endowments Department official said.
The State government was of the view that it would be better to lose control
over these temples rather than pay the priests' salaries. In the new system, the
Endowments Department will ask the temple priests to meet the expenditure out of
the hundi collections and submit accounts annually. On the other
hand, the government has been making efforts to take control of the profitable
Shirdi Sai Baba temples and the Chilkur
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