Telangana government pay scales for Archakas, other temple staff  from November

Archakas and other employees working in temples in the state will be given state government pay scales from November, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced.  

Published: 16th September 2017 02:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2017 09:14 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Archakas and other employees working in temples in the state will be given state government pay scales from November, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced.  The ‘Dhoopa, Deepa, Naivedyam’ programme, which is being implemented in 1,805 temples, would be extended to another 3,000 temples in the state and a Dharmika Parishad would be formed soon to monitor temple-related issues, he said at a meeting held with Archakas who came from all over the state at Pragati Bhavan here on Friday. 


Earlier, 1,805 temples had been given D 2,500 a month for performing Dhoopa, Deepa, Naivedyam offering to deities without interruption. “We will give `6,000 a month to another 3,000 temples. With this Dhoopa, Deepa, Naivedyam scheme will cover 4,805 temples in the state,” he said. Rao noted that though Archakas held respect in society, a majority of them were finding it difficult to eke out a living. “Hereafter, around 5,625 Archakas and other employees of temples will get their salaries on the first of every month. Based on their status, they will get government employees’ salaries,” he said.

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