UP govt hikes salaries of Ram Lalla, temple staff

Ram Lalla

New Delhi, August 19: The monthly salaries of Ram Lalla, the head priest and eight other staff of the makeshift temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya has been increased by the Uttar Pradesh government.The monthly allowance to Ram Lalla has been hiked from Rs 26,200 to Rs 30,000.

The infant form of the Lord, Ram Lalla, gets a salary for expenditure on outfits, bathing and prasad, and electricity and water supply for the temple.A caretaker priest was appointed by the Supreme Court for taking care of Ram Lalla and the makeshift temple premises after the demolition of the Babri mosque in 1992.Satyendra Das, the caretaker priest, will now get Rs 13,000. The eight members of the temple will get a hike of Rs 500 in their monthly salaries, which range between Rs 7,500 and Rs 10,000. The allowance for ‘bhog’ (prasad) has been also hiked by Rs 800 per month.“We would be happy with even a small hike since we spend on puja items and incur daily expenditure. We requested a raise in allowance in July this year and this has been approved for the staff and Ram Lalla. The government’s communication reached us five days ago,” Satyendra Das was qouted as saying to TOI.

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