Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin says, No temple priest removed from service to appoint new person

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday said none of the priests have been removed from their service and no new persons appointed in their place in the Hindu temples. Speaking in the Assembly Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said the government is implementing the law whereby those who are trained were appointed as priests in the Hindu temples in the state. He alleged that some people are maligning the government's move in social media. If there are such instances then the government will take action, he added.

The DMK government headed by late Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had brought a law whereby a person irrespective of his caste can become a Hindu temple priest after undergoing a course conducted by the state. The issue went up to the Supreme Court. The SC upheld the Tamil Nadu government's law in 2015.  The DMK government headed by Stalin recently gave appointment orders to 24 non-Brahmin priests, including four Dalits.

Implementing its electoral promise of appointing aspirants belonging to all castes as temple priests, the DMK government last week appointed as many as 24 trained priests of various communities as priests in shrines. Stalin handed over the appointment orders of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department to 75 persons here marking appointments to 208 positions under various categories.


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