The Uttar Pradesh government hiked the salary of Ram Lalla, head priest of the temple and eight other staff of the temple site at the Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodhya.
Lord Ram, referred to as Ram Lalla (infant avatar of Lord Vishnu) will be get a salary for his expenditure on outfits, bathing and Prasad, electricity, water supply for the temple.
After the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, a caretaker priest was appointed by the Supreme Court who had been taking care of Ram Lalla and the makeshift temple.
Monthly allowance to Ram Lalla was increased from 26,000 to 30,000 while the salary of head priest was Satyendra Das was hiked to 13,000 rupees per month. Other temple staff will receive a hike of Rs 500 on their monthly salaries as revealed by Ayodhya Divisional Commissioner Manoj Misra.
The government will from now give an additional Rs 800 for the ‘bhog’ or ‘Prasad.’ The head priest told a national newspaper that this was the biggest hike ever since 1992 for the staff.
The priest told they have requested the government for a hike in July and the government gave its approval a few days ago. He said “we are extremely happy even with a slight increase as it will help us incur the expenditure to get the puja items on a daily basis.”
However, Manoj Misra clarified that the move should not be seen as a way to influence the ongoing hearing in the Supreme Court without disturbing the status of the case.
The hearing on a daily basis was suspended today due to non-availability of a Judge in the constitution bench.