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Rs 46 crore budget for Mansa Devi temple passed

The 14th meeting of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board was held under the chairmanship of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Chandigarh in which a number of significant decisions were taken to improve infrastructural facilitate for pilgrims visiting the temple.

chandigarh Updated: May 21, 2014 22:22 IST
HT Correspondent

The 14th meeting of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board was held under the chairmanship of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Chandigarh in which a number of significant decisions were taken to improve infrastructural facilitate for pilgrims visiting the temple.

In the meeting, Hooda directed the board to provide better infrastructural facilities to the pilgrims in temples, dharamshalas and old-age homes falling under the board. The meeting also approved the budget of about `46.07 crore of the board for the financial year 2014-15 with an increase of 5% as compared to the budget of last financial year which was about `36.96 crore.

Hooda also directed the board to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of the chief administrator of the board to regularise contractual employees of the board who have been working against sanctioned posts.

He said the priests and employees working in the temples on contract basis would not be engaged through contractors. From now onwards, their contract would be directly with the board and their salary would be directly deposited in their bank accounts.

The chief minister also approved the proposal to provide special pay of `2,500 to senior head priest. He also directed to set up a police post on the temple premises to further strengthen security in the temple.

Hooda also approved the proposal to purchase land along the Mata Kali Temple, Kalka, on collector rate to provide better infrastructural facilities to people. Apart from this, he also approved renovation of 'Mundan Ghat'.

He said with a view to provide safe passage to the pilgrims up to the temple, as many as 55 streetlights and high mast lights would be installed on the newly constructed road. Also, underground water tank having capacity of 4-lakh litre would be set up to provide potable drinking water to pilgrims.