Thiruvananthapuram : The Government of Tamil Nadu has finally decided to honour its commitments with the age old Sree Padmanabha Swami temple, widely considered as the richest temple in the world, after 18 years of lapse on its part to fullfil the legal obligations. Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Survey and Settlement Wing, Government of Tamil Nadu has issued orders to grant ₹ 1.67Crore to Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram as Tasdik allowance. The decision to sanction the outstanding payment of Tasdik Allowance from 2001 to 2011 was due to the intervention of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami. The sanctioned sum will be transferred to the temple authorities next week.
Tasdik Allowance was fixed as compensation under various abolition Acts when the lands belonging to any religious, educational or charitable institutions were taken over by the Government. The allowance of ₹1,67,20,225 towards outstanding payments for the Sreepandara vaka lands belonging to the temple under the Kanyakumari Sree Pandaravaka lands Act of 1964 and Tamil Nadu (Transferred Territory) Thiruppuvaram payment abolition Act.
Before 2013 the allowance was distributed to the religious institution through tahsildars and the budget allocation was done by the Commissioner of Land Administration. Since 2014 ,the budget provision is being made under the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment(HR and CE) department.
The Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, in its representation to Government of Tamil Nadu, has complained that the Tasdik allowance allotted to the Temple was stopped since 2001 and requested for the payment of outstanding dues of Tasdik allowance to them with old and enhanced rates.
Following the representation made by the Temple authorities, a meeting was convened by Mrs. Jayakodi, Additional Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu, to sort out the issue. Temple Executive Officer V.Ratheesan , V. Unnikrishnan Nair, Public Relations Officer of Tamil Nadu to Kerala, Additional Secretary Ambalavanan, Kanyakumari district revenue department officials, HR and CE department officials attended the meeting.