Hyderabad, Sept 15 (Munsif News): Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said that after the Independence, lot of atrocities took place on a large scale on temples in Telangana,
Addressing the Archakas (Temple priests), Ministers and officials at Pragathi Bhavan, the Chief Minister said that öur temples have not been treated as temples or our Pushkarams as Pushkarams, they (Obviously referring the situation before the Telangana State is formed) have not treated our lives as lives, nobody took any interest in the development of temples in the region, after Telangana State was formed, we have paid keen attention to the temples development, problems faced by the Archakas and the Brahmin welfare, he said we are developing Yadadri, Vemulawada, Bhadradri and other temples on a planned manner. In the past 1805 temples were given Rs. 2,500 per month for Dhoop, Deep naivedyam, the Telangana government has increased it to Rs. 6,000. we will give Rs. 6,000 per month to another 3 thousand temples.
The Chief Minister said that he understands the problems being faced by the temple priests, they are working in pitiable condifion, Archakas salaries are dependent on temple managements and they are at the mercy of others, now there will be drastic change, about 5625 temple priests will get their salaries on 1st of every month like any other government employee. He has given the assurance when the PRC is implemented to the state government employees, temple employees salaries will also be revised.
The Chief Minister said that the reason for forming Dharmika Parishad to take care of the temple administration to reduce the government role. he said temple lands have gone to the wrong persons, now we have statistics to show that there are about 83 thousand acre under the temples, the government will take special action to protect these lands, he said. (Munsif News)