Minister for Muzrai Kota Srinivas Poojary on Wednesday said there was no proposal before the government to denotify temples under the Muzrai Department.

It had been decided streamlining the management of these temples to increase revenue.

Mr. Poojary told journalists here that Muzrai temples would not be handed over to private parties or maths. The department had received 16 proposals urging the government to takeover the management of temples run by some families and private trusts, he said. The department runs 34,266 temples across the State. Procedural rules to be followed while opening hundis in temples would be drafted soon, he said.

A decision on celebrating one day in a year as Muzrai Day would be taken soon. Special programmes would be held in temples on that day, Mr. Poojary said.

The department would constitute an award in memory of noted Yakshagana artiste Haradi Rama Ganiga. The award would be presented to a Yakshanaga artiste every year in April/May at a function at Sri Durga Parameshwari temple at Mandarthi in Udupi district. The award would comprise a purse of Rs. 1 lakh.

Noting the financial difficulties being faced by Yakshagana artistes, he said steps would be taken to provide funds to Yakshnaga troupes that were not financially sound.

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