K’taka govt stops releasing funds for renovation of temples, Hindu groups & BJP condemn

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K’taka govt stops releasing funds for renovation of temples, Hindu groups & BJP condemn

Bengaluru: The Congress-led Karnataka government’s decision to stop releasing funds for renovation and development work of temples has led to widespread condemnation by Hindu organisations and the BJP.

An order in connection with the government’s decision has been passed by the state’s Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Department and has already been issued to all the District Commissioners.

The order says that funds will not be released if renovation work is not undertaken in temples, as well as if administrative approval is given for releasing 50 per cent of the funds, it should also be withheld.

If there is any proposal for administrative approval, it should also be withheld, the order further states.

Slamming the development, former Minister for Muzrai and Waqf and BJP MLA Shahikala Jolle said the decision will not honour the state government.

“I condemn the move of the government to withhold the funds for temples. The government should not see temples with a prejudiced mindset. It is the duty of the government and minister to release the funds allotted during the previous BJP government.

“The government should take back the decision. The temples in the state should be renovated and they should be developed. If not, the government will have to face staunch protests.

“The temples have great importance in Indian culture. During the tenure of our (BJP) tenure, funds were released for the renovation of temples and religious centres. The second instalment of funds was not released due to the model code of conduct. They must be released,” she added.

The order has stirred controversy as most of the temples in the state are almost always filled with devotees after the launch of the free travel scheme.

The donations have also doubled.

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