Minister assures minimum wages to priests (archakas)

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Minister for Endowments P.Manikyala Rao has said that the government has spent Rs.200 crore in the last three years for the welfare of the poor among the Brahmins.

The Minister said that the government expended not less than Rs.58 crore in financial year 2016-17 to benefit 33,162 Brahmin families. On Divya Darshanam scheme that meant free transportation and stay of the Hindus at 13 places of religious significance in the State, he said that it had received encouraging response from the devout.

He said that the department was experiencing shortage of funds as 95% of its revenue was being ploughed back to pay salary to staff members and help small temples perform ‘doopa, deepa, naivedyam’. He said that the government was considering forming a special fund with Rs.250 crore under the joint control of the Endowments Department and the TTD. Manikyala Rao has hinted at the plan to increase the pay package for temple priests and added that the government is contemplating introducing minimum wage to the priests having an annual income less than Rs.2 lakh.

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