Soon you will be able to flash your phone, donate to the temples of Karnataka – The New Indian Express

Express news service

BENGALURU: With digital payments becoming extremely popular, the Department of Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Foundations of Karnataka has proposed to introduce a QR code-based payment system in some of the state-run temples for the benefit of worshipers.

It should also bring more transparency. The QR code will be affixed where the regular (Monday) donation box is placed by the temple leadership. Devotees can choose to donate cash or make electronic payments with their smartphones.

The government of Kerala has introduced a system similar to the Sabarimala temple. Speaking to the New Indian Express, Endowments Department Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri said Karnataka had such plans long before Kerala. “There are a lot of questions to consider before implementation. Unlike most temples in Karnataka, Sabarimala is visited by devotees in a particular season.

We have to check the feasibility of managing it all year round, ” she said. The department is also developing a unique Integrated Temple Management System (ITMS) to provide details on temples, including properties owned by them, road maps, offered sevas and rate tables, among other details. “By virtue of this, we are also planning to partner with a bank, where any money donated by worshipers for a particular seva will go directly to that account. This will streamline and bring financial discipline, ”Rohini said.

But official sources said some temples were reluctant to adopt this and preferred the regular system. According to Rohini, temples can only adopt a QR code system if the ITMS system is complete. She said, however, that they might introduce the system to a few temples, such as Kukke Subrahmanya, to begin with. In Karnataka, there are 34,559 temples under the Department of Endowments.

Of these, 175 temples are class A (annual income greater than Rs 25 lakh), 163 are class B (Rs 5-25 lakh) and the rest are class C temples (less than Rs 5 lakh per year ). Most of the income comes from the Monday donations of the faithful and the various “sevas”.

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