Temple priests want all brought under pension scheme

Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: Village temple priests from various parts of the district staged a demonstration in support of their demands opposite the Collectorate here on Monday.

It was led by the district organiser of the Village Priests Association Shiva Shanmugham. The demonstrators wanted all the aged and infirm priests to be brought under the pension scheme of the Government.

Pointing out that in 2001 it had been announced by the Government that pension would be granted to 4,000 priests in the State, they regretted that only about half the number had benefited so far.

Stating that the priests were yet to benefit from the Welfare Board constituted for them about a year ago, they said that steps should be taken without delay to extend the Board’s concessions to all the priests.

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