• A week ago, the Malabar Devaswom Board Employees Union, affiliated to the Centre for Indian Trade Unions and a feeder organisation of the ruling CPI-M, joined a protest against the Board's delay in implementing the pay revision that the Kerala Temple Employees Coordination Committee had started several months ago. With the union joining the cause shows the extent of despair the employees felt.
  • Several employees had their wages pending for months. The complications in their welfare fund even prevented the payment of pensions to some of the retired employees. The revised pay scale too had faults. The Kerala Temple Employees Coordination Committee carried out an indefinite strike at the Board headquarters for 64 days, until the then Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran intervened and assured the protestors that their demands would be met, but the demands are yet to be met.
  • The State government is planning to enact a comprehensive law for the Malabar Devaswom Board. The plan is to rectify anomalies and implement the recommendations of the pay revision. However, it is yet to be presented in the Legislative Assembly.