VHP Forces Karnataka Govt to Put on Hold Covid Relief Sanctioned for Imams and Muezzins

VHP Forces Karnataka Govt to Put on Hold Covid Relief Sanctioned for Imams and Muezzins

 

VHP delegation meeting Karnataka minister

They were to get fund from Hindu Religious Endowment department

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – Karnataka government has held back its decision to give Covid lockdown relief funds for the imams and muezzins of the mosques after Vishwa Hindu Parsihad raised objections to the government’s decision.

On 3 June, while extending the Covid lockdown till 14 June, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa announced to give Rs 3,000 each to the imams and muezzins along with temple priests serving under the Muzrai Department.

However, the decision did not go down well with the VHP whose leader Girish Bharadwaj termed it as “appeasement” of Muslims by the BJP government.

“Governments change, Appeasement continues! Temple Money is used to pay salaries of Maulvis,” he tweeted.

On Wednesday, a delegation of VHP in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district submitted a memorandum to the state’s Muzrai Minister, Kota Srinvas Poojary, opposing the decision to use the funds of Hindu religious endowment for the purpose.

In its statement, the VHP said that it “opposes the decision of the government to provide Covid pandemic relief to the imams of 41 mosques and madrassas of the district from the funds of Hindu Religious Endowment”.

On Wednesday, a delegation of VHP in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district submitted a memorandum to the state’s Muzrai Minister, Kota Srinvas Poojary, opposing the decision to use the funds of Hindu religious endowment for the purpose.

In its statement, the VHP said that it “opposes the decision of the government to provide Covid pandemic relief to the imams of 41 mosques and madrassas of the district from the funds of Hindu Religious Endowment”.

The VHP said that the minister assured them to withdraw the government’s decision.

Later in the evening, the minister issued a statement reversing the government’s decision.

“After the requests received from various Hindu organisations, I have instructed the officials to hold all the packages to other religious institutions immediately from the Religious Endowment department. A total of 764 other religious institutions in the state were provided financial assistance by the Hindu Religious Endowment department; the package to these institutions will be put on hold,” said Poojary in the statement.

He further said “until our government came to power, ‘tastik’ amount meant for temples was also being provided to other religious institutions. Upon receiving this information we have directed that all utilisation of funds for non-Hindu purposes be stopped immediately”.

He also said that the instruction will be issued for non-Hindu religious institutions to avail the fund under their respective departments.

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