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Chamundeshwari Temple row may snowball into a major issue

Priests, staffs plan to lock the temple and stop pujas on December 14

Mysuru, December 4:- The ongoing tussle between the state government, staff and priests of Chamundeshwari Temple atop Chamundi Hills may snowball into a major controversy.

The priests have thought of locking the temple on December 14 and it would trouble puja and other religious activities at the temple. All the 220 employees at the temple have decided to boycott their works. The association of the employees has revealed its decision on boycotting the works.

“According to the rule of 6th Pay Commission, our salaries have to be increased by 30%. Though the Commissioner of Muzarai Department has okay-ed it, we have not received our bonus so far. The government is yet to act on making the employees who have been working for decades, permanent. A request to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and public representatives has been of no use. This has made us think of stopping services from December 14,” said the priests.

The priests have warned that no puja will be held at the temple and said state government would be directly responsible for any inconvenience to the public. (MR/KS)

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