UP has no fund for books but allocates Rs 1100 cr for temples

The statement released by the government says that within the next 100 days, the government proposes to work on the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project. The department also plans to operate the Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan in Ghaziabad and work on the construction of the second phase of the Vedic Science Center at a cost of Rs 934.46 lakh.

There would be a fund splurge in the Yogi 2.0 government for building the infrastructure of areas around Hindu temples or renovating Hindu shrines. The government has allocated Rs 63.46 crore for the construction of Ayodhya’s main roads including Bhakti Path and Ramjanm Bhoomi Path (a 7 kilometer four-lane road from Sahadat Ganj to Sugreev Fort Road) at a cost of Rs 35, 07 crore. It will also carry out the widening and strengthening of Ram Path (Sahadatganj Naya Ghat Road) at a cost of Rs 1080 crore.

*It should be noted that the Yogi government granted Rs one lakh per pilgrim to Mansarovar in 2017 and Rs 20,000 per pilgrim to Sindhu Darshan. No less than 1225 pilgrims benefited from the government program for Mansarovar visit in 2021-22, while 274 pilgrims for Sindhu Darshan benefited from the government program.

The government has also built Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan in Ghaziabad at a cost of Rs 118 crore and set up Vedic Science Center in Varanasi.

Also, the government of Uttar Pradesh is in the process of developing an integrated online temple information system including descriptions, details and history of all temples in the state along with their road maps for the convenience of tourists.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has already communicated to the Managing Director of UP Electronics Corporation regarding the sanction of Rs 1 crore for this purpose, which will soon be released by the Ministry of Finance. The company is likely to develop the software and upload the aforementioned temple details within the next six months, according to a press release.

Colin L. Johnson