Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Dharma Parishad has called upon the Government to constitute a Guruvayur-model independent administrative body for Sabarimala.

At a press conference here on Thursday, parishad president K.G. Kuttan Nair and general secretary Ayarkunnam Raman Nair said the Government should take the initiative to spend half the revenue collected at Sabarimala on the development of other temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board and the welfare of the temple staff.

The Parishad leaders said the administrative set up of the Travancore, Kochi and Malabar Devaswom boards should be made in line with that of Guruvayur Devaswom. A representative each of the Tantri, temple advisory committee and the temple staff should be nominated to the new temple administrative body to ensure transparency.

They said the Government should see to it that competent people in the age group of 55 years and above were nominated to various Devaswom Boards.

It was equally important to ensure job reservation for the Ambalavasi category who had been traditionally associated with the services at various temples in the State in the larger interests of protecting the sanctity of the places of worship, they added. According to the Parishad leaders, steps should be taken to participate the devotees too in the counting of the Hundi collection at temples. Parishad vice-president K. Padmakumar and secretary G. Krishnakumar were present.