Kerala Govt eyes privately managed temples generating good revenue
As the Kerala Government annexes the Mattannur Shiva Temple in Kannur, devotees heavily protested.
At around 10 am today, Devaswom Board officials arrived at the site and took over the temple under police protection.
The locals immediately protested against the takeover, but the police team halted the protesters. Tension was created when the police used their force in the temple premises.
The devotees said that the board took over the temple without any consultation with various stakeholders.
Earlier in February this year, there was a controversy, where the board brought out an order to reduce expenses incurred by temples for festivals, holy offerings, and ‘Dakshina‘ to the chief priest while revising the salary of temple staff. Many temple workers say the board does not consider equal pay for equal work and is going to court against it.
The devotees allege that the Malabar Devaswom Board under the Kerala government is eyeing privately managed temples that generate good revenue. The devotees further alleged that the board is now seizing all the famous temples in Malabar and asking for local help for the daily functioning of these temples.
The Malabar Devaswom Board has currently, about 1600 temples from six districts. From April 2021, the Devaswom Board had said that salaries would be paid on the revised scale and that the salary arrears that had been standing for years would be paid to the employees as soon as possible. But no action has been taken in this regard. With this, the salaries and other matters of the employees of Mattannur Mahadeva Temple are in jeopardy.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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