BENGALURU: Endowment Minister Shashikala Jolle will undertake a statewide tour of temples under her department after the end of the legislative session. She will also interact with the faithful and hear their grievances on issues such as housing, clean water, toilets and roads, among others.
The minister had recently held a meeting with officials from the ministry. The legislative session is scheduled to be held September 13-24. Sources in the minister’s office said she would visit the temples of Dakshina Kannada.
No less than 34,559 temples fall under the department of Muzrai, of which 175 are of class A (annual income of more than Rs 25 lakh), 163 are of class B (5 to 25 lakh Rs) and 34,221 are of class C (less of Rs 5 lakh). About 50,000 archaks, pradhan archaks, employees of groups C and D work in these temples, but are not considered government employees. Their salaries are paid by the respective temple trusts.
“The minister will also interact with the administration. In many temples, there are no signs to point out that the property belongs to the government. There are encroachments that need to be cleaned up. Local authorities will be notified, ”sources said. There is also a shortage of staff at many temples, an issue the minister should address. She is expected to submit a report to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.