Ensure transparency in spending: Hindu Aikya Vedi

Staff Reporter

SABARIMALA: Hindu Aikya Vedi State general secretary Kummanam Rajasekharan has called upon the government to ensure transparency in the spending of revenue from Sabarimala.

Addressing a press conference at the Sannidhanam here on Tuesday, Mr. Rajasekharan alleged misuse of revenue by the government and the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB).

Though the government was bound to provide basic facilities like water, power, healthcare, etc to the pilgrims, the TDB had to pay a hefty sum to various government departments as power and water charges, he alleged.

The TDB had to provide funds for the purchase of electronic gadgets for security arrangements at Sabarimala, despite it being the duty of the government. Also, the TDB had to pay money to the Health Department for medicines, he alleged.

Neither the government nor the TDB was concerned about the fleecing and harassment of pilgrims on the Erumely-Karimala trekking path leading to the Sannidhanam, he said.

Mr. Rajasekharan called upon Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran to visit Karimala and address the issue.

The vedi leader accused the TDB of pursuing a dual policy towards the priests at the Ayyappa temple and those at Vavarnada. He said Vavarnada was very much part of Sabarimala. The guidelines issued by the TDB should be applicable to Vavarnada as well, he added.

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