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Important temples being renovated, says Minister

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Many schemes introduced for temple staff

Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam (second right) distributing bicycle to a temple priest in Salem on Wednesday. — Photo: P. Goutham
Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam (second right) distributing bicycle to a temple priest in Salem on Wednesday. — Photo: P. Goutham

The State Government has sanctioned Rs. 25,000 each to renovate temples of Adi Dravidars, said Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam.

Distributing 222 free bicycles to archakas and pujaris working in one-time puja temples in Salem district and distributing fund of Rs 25,000 each to 70 Adi Dravidar temples in Salem district on Wednesday, Mr. Arumugam said that under the rule of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi many temples were consecrated. Many important temples also were repaired and renovated.

Every year funds were sanctioned for these temples. He asked the concerned to start the renovation works immediately. Local committees should also chip in with funds to carry out more development works in temples, including their special maintenance.

He said that the objective behind the free cycle distribution was to make archakas and pujaris to attend temple pujas regularly.

The Minister further added that the Chief Minister had introduced many welfare schemes for temple staff and others.

Collector J. Chandrakumar presided over the function in which HR and CE Joint Commissioner P. Raja, Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini and Corporation Commissioner K.S. Palanisamy and others participated.

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