Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged India’s Tamil Nadu government to take care of state’s village temple priests as they provide an important service to the public.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out: As priests perform sacred rituals, administer religious rites, interpret scriptures, act as adviser on spiritual issues and are a bridge between humans and deities; they deserve high respect. They had been around since the earliest of the times, Zed added.
Rajan Zed stressed that the issues of their monthly remuneration, pension increase and age eligibility, pension for spouses after demise, electricity for temples, inclusion in Green House Scheme, etc., should be urgently resolved. Temples being sacred, liquor outlets near temples should not be allowed, Zed argued.
Village temple priests, who reportedly numbered over 600000, should not be left out to suffer, Zed stressed.