Trust petitions Karnataka High Court to disallow transfer of funds meant for Temples to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund

Taking objection against the Karnataka Government transferring the funds meant for development, rejuvenation and protection of interests of Priests in the temple to Chief Minister;s relief Fund,Bharatha Punarutthana Trust has filed a writ petition to take back the order in Karnataka High Court.

The petition said that an amount to the tune of Rs.1,230.75 lakhs has been transferred on a non-voluntary basis to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund which is contrary to the law.

The decision to transfer the funds impinges upon several constitutional tenets; Violates fundamental rights of persons professing the Hindu religion; and, contravenes various statutory provisions under the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions & Charitable Endowments Act, 1997, the petitioner said.

Speaking to Satyavijayi exclusively Girish Bharadwaj, VHP leader and Trustee of Bharatha Punarutthana Trust said "The Government has done a major mistake by diverting funds meant for the Temples", why target only temples? he said."
Incidentally, the Muzrai Department in Karnataka had issued an order to transfer Rs. 12.3 crores from more than 80 temples under its control for the rain ravaged Kodagu. Kukke Subramanya Temple, Kolluru Mookambika Temple, Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple have contributed generously for the cause.

The order also mentioned the CEO's of such temples to 'transfer' the amount earmarked for the said purpose with immediate effect, while asking to set up counters at the temple premises to collect donations.

The decision to divert the funds meant for the Temples comes at a time when the priests of the temple are in abject poverty and unable to sustain with the meagre wages. Neither the Muzarai nor the Archaeological Survey of India which is trusted with the upkeep of ancient temples have done their duties so far, with most historical temples under ruins crying for maintenance.

The earlier Congress government had allotted crores of rupees to build Muslim religious institutions through the State budget and grants from BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) in Sarvagna Nagara. While, these grants have not been withdrawn; sanctioning Hindu temples and diverting them to Chief Minister Relief Fund is a political drama say Hindu activists.