Income Tax to be payed by Lord Ayappa!

via HK Correspondent published on November 14, 2006

Thiruvananthapuram: The Hindu aikya vedi state president shri. J.Sisupalan has stated that the indifference and intolerance shown towards Sabarimala should come to an end.


 The tax department’s notice given to the devaswom board to present the audit finance of the Sabarimala income and expenditure is with the hidden intention of grabbing funds and using it for the state’s exchequer.


 Two years ago, when the authorities tried to impose income tax on the Guruvayoor temple trust, the devotees opposed strongly and the idea had to be shelved. Sri Sisupalan demanded the authorities to stay away from any attempt to usurp Sabarimala assets and funds.


 The govt until now has not taken any measures to improve the facilities for the lakhs of pilgrims visiting Sabarimala every year. The roads to Sabarimala are in a very bad condition. The clean Pampa action plan has come to a stand still. The sewage water which spills into the Pampa should be stopped and the solid wastes should be disposed off properly. The level of coli form bacteria in the Pampa water should not be let to increase.


 Sri. Susupalan also said that the forest department should allow sheds to be erected on the way, to have meals and drinking water for the pilgrims. The railway line project to Sabarimala should be implemented on war-footings.


The govt should return the 7 crore taken as compensation for the 110 hectares at Nilakkal. The bus fare of Rs.10/- which the KSRTC charges for travelling from Nilakkal to Pampa should be reduced to Rs 6/-    


The govt should ensure that the pilgrims are offered proper and basic infrastructure facilities while they are in Sabarimala, Sri. Sisupalan emphasised.

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