Karnataka Muzrai Minister Kota Srinivasa Pujari has directed Hindu religious institutions and the Department of Charitable Endowment not to distribute their ‘tatik’ grants to non-Hindu religious institutions. The Minister said that the grant received from the Settlement Department will be used only in Hindu temples and institutions and proper instructions have been given in this regard.
This direction has come after concerns were expressed about the department’s grant being given to non-Hindu institutions. “Let me clarify that out of 34,500 Hindu temples in Karnataka, 27 thousand temples receive annual grants of Rs 48,000 each, which is roughly equivalent to an exact grant of Rs 133 crore,” Pujari said in a video statement.
Besides, religious centers have lost a lot of land during land reforms, the minister said. He said that after the criticism, he had called for a report from the commissioner of the department, according to which, 764 non-Hindu religious institutions, temples are being given annual approval money and 111 are receiving other grants in 27 thousand temples.
“As per the law, grants given by the Endowment Department can only be used by Hindu religious institutions,” the priest said.