But, they were allowed to allocate money from the fund for crematoriums or burial grounds not on the land owned by religious places.
The provision worked well for with most religious groups but the Christians felt left out. Reason: many cemeteries — burial ground of Christians —are on Church premises.
It had caused some hurt-burn with the ministry of statistics and programme implement, who executes the MPLAD scheme, getting several representations pointing out the anomaly.
The ministry was quick to act and told the state governments that construction of crematoriums and structures on burial or cremation grounds can be taken up within the area of places of religious worship.
“Only common works, such as boundary walls, laying of payments would be permitted. No work for individual burial structure will be permissible,” ministry order said.