The government of Karnataka will soon launch a mobile app to provide all temple-related information for the convenience of worshipers, becoming the third state in the country to do so after Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
Details such as temple history, rituals, puja rates and road maps will be included in the app which has been developed by Karnataka Endowment Department. Through the Integrated Temple Management System (ITMS), separate information available online about the different temples will be consolidated into the app.
âThere are 34,559 temples under the department. Many temples have their history and other information available online. Therefore, we have decided to consolidate all the information and provide it on the ITMS mobile app, âShashikala Jolle, Minister for Muzrai, Haj and Wakf, told The Indian Express.
The app will likely be available in November and will also contain information on properties belonging to various temples. Shashikala said the mobile app will cover 207 Class A temples in its first phase of launch. The minister added that the faithful can even use the mobile app to donate.
During this time, the state government decided to pay the priests and temple staff in accordance with the recommendations of the Sixth Compensation Commission.
Shashikala said that 1,034 priests and staff members are currently receiving their salaries under the Fifth Wage Commission, adding that up to 35% of the income of the temples in Category A and B will be used to implement the Sixth Wage Commission in order to ” avoid an additional financial burden for the state government.
The Minister informed that 207 temples of category A generate annual income above Rs 25 lakh and 139 temples generating between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 25 lakh of annual income belong to category B. Almost 34,217 temples with less than Rs 5 lakh of annual income fall under category B. category C.
She said the new salaries will apply for category A and B temples where staff and priests are located.
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