Thiruvananthapuram: The state government will not hand over the remaining Rs 70 crores in the Rs 100 crore allotted to the Travancore Devaswom board in the previous budget. In October a sum of Rs 30 crores was paid as first instalment. Finance Minister said that the financial crisis of the Devaswom board is over and that the state is going through a lean patch finanially.
The government is also yet to pay Rs 80 lakhs to the Devaswom board this year as per an agreement entered upon earlier. This is the first time that Devaswom covenant money has not been paid. Although Rs 40 lakhs was supposedly sanctioned, it is yet to reach the board. Covenant money has been paid regularly ever since the establishment of the board.
The government sanctioned Rs 100 crores due to the financial crisis caused by Sabarimala women entry. The government’s current position is that the crisis does not exist any longer and that remaining money need not be paid.