‘Con­sider oth­u­vars plea for pay par­ity’

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Staff Re­porter

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thurs­day di­rected the Hindu Re­li­gious and Char­i­ta­ble En­dow­ments depart­ment to con­sider the cause of tem­ple oth­u­vars and fix their scale of pay on par with other gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees.

Jus­tice R. Ma­hade­van, hear­ing a plea of a tem­ple

oth­u­var seek­ing a re­vi­sion of his salary by the HR&CE depart­ment, ob­served that it was ap­pro­pri­ate to re­vive the his­toric sig­nif­i­cance of the ser­vices of oth­u­vars in the tem­ples of the State.

The court ob­served that it was painful to see the cur­rent plight of oth­u­vars, who were given pride of place sev­eral cen­turies ago.

An anal­y­sis on the ser­vices of the oth­u­vars would re­veal their vast knowl­edge in Tamil lit­er­a­ture, and their recital of The­varam, Thiru­man­thi­ram and Thiru­vasagam would en­er­gise the mind and help it get rid of all ag­o­nies, the court ob­served.

Six-week dead­line

On the con­tention of the depart­ment that the oth­u­vars were ren­der­ing their ser­vices only for a lim­ited pe­riod of time, the court ob­served that their ser­vices could not be mea­sured with the aid of a clock.

The court di­rected the depart­ment to con­sider the plea of the pe­ti­tioner, Sin­gar­ave­lan, an oth­u­var of Tirunelveli dis­trict, who had sought a re­vi­sion of his scale of pay.

The court fur­ther di­rected the depart­ment to pass ap­pro­pri­ate or­ders within six weeks.

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