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The state government today informed the Karnataka High Court that appropriate amounts have been disbursed to Tahsildars for providing monetary relief to Archakas.
The Court was also informed that Tahsildars would expend the first instalment of Rs. 12,000 to all 'C category' temples within a few days.
This clarification was made during the hearing of a plea seeking financial assistance for temple workers and Archakas of 'C category' Temples amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In this regard, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice E S Indiresh noted,
".....Learned AAG states that the statement recorded on the last date may be corrected. He states that the amounts have been been disbursed to Tahsildars and within a few days, the Tahsildars will disburse the first installment of Rs. 12,000 to all temples of 'C category'."
During the hearing conducted last week, Additional Advocate General Dhyan Chinnappa had informed the Court that about 90% of the temples had already received a grant of Rs. 12,000 each from the state government.
In the course of today's hearing, the Court asked the petitioner advocate Shreehari Kutsa,
"Why should we entertain the petition now?...The temples have been opened. The difficulty arose because temples were closed."
To this, Kutsa responded by pointing out that 'C category' temple Archakas had not been provided with any relief till date.
Noting this, the Bench opined that it would keep the matter pending till amounts of Rs. 12,000 are disbursed to the deserving temples.
In an order passed last week, the Karnataka High Court had directed the state government to place on record the exact number of 'C category temples' that have received Rs 12,000 so far.
The matter will be next heard on June 17.