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With no help from banks, Mahakal temple toils to count donation money

The Mahakaleshwar temple management in Ujjain is struggling to count donation amount as two of the four banks doing the job have shown inability to provide staff in the wake of pressure at banks post demonetization.

indore Updated: Nov 25, 2016 11:34 IST
Bank of India employees count donation money at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain on Thursday.
Bank of India employees count donation money at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain on Thursday.(HT photo)

The Mahakaleshwar temple management in Ujjain is struggling to count donation amount as two of the four banks doing the job have shown inability to provide staff in the wake of pressure at banks post demonetization.

Only Bank of India (BOI) officials are counting the 40-plus donation boxes placed at different spots on the temple premises. The boxes inside the santorum and the one at Nandi hall, which receive the lion’s share of donation and have to be opened at least once a week, have remained untouched.

The temple management has assigned the job to IDBI, HDFC, Bank of India and Allahabad Bank. Employees of these banks do the job in regular monthly intervals and the amount is deposited in respective banks. Temple employees are also deployed to assist bank staff.

Sources said IDBI and HDFC did not send their staff on their scheduled date of November 9 and 16,citing staff shortage over banknote exchange burden. As a result, the boxes got filled up to their capacity and devotees have not been able to drop donations.

The temple administration then asked BOI manager (Mahakal branch) RS Chouhan to look after the matter, who arranged six employees from zonal offices to count the notes.

“It’s true that there were excessive burden on the staff. Still, employees were spared realizing the social responsibility. An amount of `19 lakh was collected from the boxes, out of which `14 lakh in the denomination of `10, `20, `50 and `100 proved useful in making payment to customers,” Chouhan said.

In-charge temple administrator Avdhesh Sharma said the issue was being reviewed and necessary steps would be taken to sort out the problem.

The counting task of the temple hogged headlines last month after employee C P Sharma was caught on camera stealing notes during the process. He was later sacked from the job.