when BJP government came to power in MP in 2003-04 then Cm Uma Bharti started Yagya to control crime and even DGP himself participated in this. In last 5 yeras of their rule many temples have come at government offices including jail.
This is all India phenomenon so the problem is 100 times
worse since 100s of crores of funds are used in this pursuit. The
karnataka case pales in comparison.
1. Government spent nearly Rs 180 crore as subsidy for 83,000 Haj pilgrims
Aug 17 (PTI) Over 83,000 pilgrims performed the Haj last year for which the government spent nearly Rs 180 crore as subsidy, Rajya Sabha was informed today.Five hundred and twenty nine pilgrims performed the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in 2005 and the government spent Rs 17.2 lakh for the arrangements for their pilgrimage, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said.He said 8179 people visited Sikh gurdwaras and Hindu temples in Pakistan last year.Sharma said the government has been giving subsidy towards air fare for Haj pilgrims going through the Central Haj Committee to Mecca, while it provides free medical assistance, security and escort cover by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police till Lipulekh Pass, a satellite phone and a Liaison Officer for each batch of pilgrims going to Kailash Mansarovar.The Indian High Commission in Islamabad sends Liaison officers to look after the welfare of pilgrims visiting Pakistan, the minister said.While 83,298 pilgrims performed Haj in 2005, 75,139 people visited Mecca in 2004 and 72,634 in 2003, he said adding government spent Rs 179.66 crore, Rs 160.70 crore and Rs 172.63 crore towards subsidy for the pilgrimage for the respective years.As many as 537 pilgrims visited Kailash Mansarovar in 2004, while 316 people trekked their way to the holy lake in 2003. The number of pilgrims visiting gurdwaras and Hindu temples in Pakistan was 7636 in 2004 while 3776 performed the pilgrimage in 2003.
Pension scheme for madrassa teachers Staff Reporter KOZHIKODE: Minister for Local Self Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty said that the government would form a Minorities Department. Inaugurating a meeting to declare welfare pension for madrassa teachers here on Saturday, the Minister said that the government had in principle given the sanction to form the department. Minorities cells were formed in all districts prior to the formation of the department, he said.Madrassa teachers will get Rs. 4,000 as pension per month after retirement. Teachers with a service of 10 years will be eligible for the pension. There are 50,000 to one lakh madrassa teachers in the State. The scholarship for Mulsim girls studying for professional courses will be enhanced to Rs 15,000. Five institutes would be started in the State for coaching Muslims in civil services examinations, he said.The Minister also inaugurated the pension welfare fund office here on the occasion.
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