INDIA, June 10, 2021 (NYOOOZ): The Karnataka government has ordered that the funds of the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions And Charitable Endowments (HRCE) Department also known as Muzrai department be no longer used to fund any non-Hindu religious institutions. In response to the recent outrage by various Hindu groups and leaders against the distribution of tastik money from the HRCE to priests and staff of other religious institutions, Minister for Muzrai Kota Srinivas Poojary directed that all such acts of financial support from the department be halted with immediate effect.

Hindu organizations had recently opposed the distribution of Covid compensation to imams of mosques from the funds of the HRCE department. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had recently announced a relief package of over US$68 million which involved a one-time compensation to archakas and staff of C-grade temples as well as Imams and muezzins of mosques. While the compensation to priests was welcomed, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad earlier today opposed the government’s move to sanction compensation from the funds of the HRCE to mosques. VHP leaders who met Poojary earlier today had condemned this decision of the government. In its appeal to Poojary, VHP said it “opposes the decision of the government to provide Covid pandemic relief to the imams of 41 mosques and madrasas of the district from the funds of Hindu Religious Endowment,”.