Trichy: Chief Minister MP Stalin on Monday handed over the enhanced administrative and development grant to temples governed by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) department in Kanyakumari and Pudukottai districts of Chennai.
Suseenthiram – Kanyakumari Devasthanam Co-Commissioner R Gnanasekar received a check for Rs 6 crore while Pudukottai Samasthanam Co-Commissioner K Thennarasu and General Manager G Saravanan received Rs 3 crore in this regard from chief minister in the secretariat. The increase in the grant – from Rs 3 crore to Rs 6 crore for the temples of Kanyakumari and from Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 crore for the temples of Pudukottai Samasthanam – was announced by the government at the assembly in the demands of grants for 2021-2022.
An official statement said that control of 490 temples was given to the council of Kanyakumari Devaswom during the linguistic division of the states when the Kanyakumari district and Sengottai taluk in the Tirunelveli district were included in Tamil Nadu. The annual grant of Rs 3 crore given by the state government was insufficient for the administration and maintenance of the temples. Therefore, a government decree was passed to increase the subsidy to Rs 6 crore on October 10 of this year.
In Pudukottai, 225 temples were ruled by Pudukottai Samasthanam with the income from more than 35,500 acres of land and other assets belonging to the temples. As the income from the properties was insufficient to organize the show, the plots of land were turned over to the state government in 1897, as a result of which a government order was issued to provide Rs 1.18 lakh for the puja and the temple maintenance fund. The subsidy was increased to Rs 1 crore on November 30, 2011. In view of the price increase, the state government passed the GO to increase the subsidy to Rs 3 crore on November 12, 2021. The Minister of HR&CE PK Sekar Babu, Chief Secretary V Iraianbu, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments B Chandra Mohan, Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments J Kumaragurubaran were present.