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GANGADHARAN PILLAI,S/O.RAGHAVAN PILLAI v. TRAVANCORE DEVASWOM BOARD - WP(C) No. 33307 of 2006(M) [2006] RD-KL 4076 (21 December 2006)

IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAM

WP(C) No. 33307 of 2006(M)

1. GANGADHARAN PILLAI,S/O.RAGHAVAN PILLAI,
... Petitioner

2. GOPALAKRISHNAN NAIR, S/O.RAMAN NAIR,

Vs

1. TRAVANCORE DEVASWOM BOARD,
... Respondent

2. DEVASWOM COMMISSIONER,

3. ASSISTANT DEVASWOM COMMISSIONER,

4. SUB GROUP OFFICER,

For Petitioner :SRI.S.SUBHASH CHAND

For Respondent : No Appearance

The Hon'ble the Chief Justice MR.V.K.BALI The Hon'ble MR. Justice M.RAMACHANDRAN

Dated :21/12/2006

O R D E R

(V.K.BALI, C.J. & M.RAMACHANDRAN, J)

W.P.(C) No.33307 of 2006-M

Dated this the 21st day of December, 2006



JUDGMENT

Ramachandran, J:

Two devotees of Nannoor Devi Temple, Thottabhagom, Kaviyoor have come up with this writ petition. According to them, it is a "full time/minor temple" belonging to the Travancore Devaswom Board. A Temple Advisory Committee is functioning there. It is submitted that there are two time poojas in the temple, but staff is inadequate. The major complaint is that respondents have sanctioned and are paying only Rs.14/- per month for meeting the pooja expenditure in the temple. This was fixed decades back and the amount is totally insufficient for meeting the day-to-day expenses in the temple. Contributions from the general public have to be heavily relied on and there is a discrimination practiced, in that other temples are better looked after by the Board.

2. It is submitted that in respect of these matters and certain other matters, representations have been submitted to the Board. Highlighting the necessity for a strong room for [WPC No.33307 of 2006] -2- keeping valuable articles, long time requests have been pending. There has been no response from the Board, it is submitted, on these matters. Reference is also made to Ext.P2, which according to the petitioners, highlights some of the urgent requirements to be examined and sanctioned by the Board.

3. We had heard Mr.P.Parameswaran Nair, standing counsel for the Travancore Devaswom Board. He submits that the matter will be looked into appropriately by the Board.

4. The submission of the counsel is recorded. But, we feel that the allowance (Pathivu) of Rs.14/- per month for conducting poojas in the temple is indeed inadequate. We had ascertained the statistics in general and find that an amount of Rs.500/- per month will be the minimum requirement, considering the nature of the poojas that are held in the temple. As the Board has shown a positive approach, the writ petition is disposed of with the following directions:

(i) From 01-01-2007 onwards the Devaswom Board should disburse Rs.500/- per month towards "Pathivu and Paditharam" and the incidental expenditure in the place of Rs.14/- presently paid to the Nannoor Devi Temple. (ii) Ext.P2 representation, submitted by the petitioners, is to be appropriately looked into by the Devaswom Commissioner (2nd respondent) and suitable steps, as might be necessary, are to [WPC No.33307 of 2006] -3- be taken in respect of other grievances highlighted, after hearing the first petitioner. A decision should be taken and communicated to the first petitioner within six months from today. The writ petition is disposed of as above. Sd/- V.K.BALI (CHIEF JUSTICE) Sd/- M.RAMACHANDRAN

(JUDGE)

mks/ - True Copy - P.S. to Judge


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