1. Kerala to strongly oppose move to deposit temple gold in banks: Oomen Chandy

Kerala to strongly oppose move to deposit temple gold in banks: Oomen Chandy

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said his government would strongly oppose any move to deposit temple treasures in banks...

By: | Kochi | Updated: April 11, 2015 6:46 PM
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Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy said the state would not allow the riches of Kerala temples to be deposited in banks under a government order. (PTI)

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said his government would strongly oppose any move to deposit temple treasures in banks to make up for the country’s trade imbalance.

Reacting to reports in this regard, he said the state would not allow the riches of Kerala temples to be deposited in banks under a government order.

“It could only be a speculative report. I don’t think the Centre would come out with such a policy. Even if it unveils such a scheme, we will not allow to touch the invaluable jewels of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple or any other places of worship without the consent of the devotees and temples,” he said.

Media reports have said that the government may be looking at monetizing the vast gold resources of temples like Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple to cut down the current account deficit on account of high gold imports. The budget for the current fiscal contains a proposal for monetizing a part of an estimated 20,000 tonnes of gold in India which is neither traded nor monetized.

Noting that the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is the richest temple in the world, the Chief Minister said the invaluable treasures of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple belong to the deity and the temple.

“No one has the right to touch it without the consent of the temple and its devotees. Moreover, the matter related to the temple asset is with the Supreme Court,” Chandy said.

The Chief Minister also showered praise on Travancore Royals for preserving the invaluable treasures of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple over centuries.

“I salute them…their devotion. It was because of their honesty and integrity such a treasure is still there at the temple,” the Chief Minister said.

Besides Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Lord Krishna temple in Guruvayoor and Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala are the two other temples in Kerala said to be having gold reserves worth thousands of crores of Rupees.

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    mohan
    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:22 am
    A century ago, the tigers guarded India's diversity rich forests of Himalayas and Western Ghats. The British, considered the treasure groves of India's forests as Golden goose. They colluded with the local Maharajas and hunted almost all tigers. Similarly the temples of India like the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Kerala state had preserved the treasure for centuries without any human intervention. In the volatile Indian economy, the Liquidated the Gold will vanish in thin air, in much less time. The former Andhra CM YSR Reddy made an attempt to siphon the funds of Tirupati temple for the SCAM project JALYAGNAM. All the SCAM money had got converted into GOLD. The best method for hiding the SCAM money and black money is to convert into solid ets like GOLD and LAND. Now the best option for the government is to bring all the SCAM and BLACK money back, as promised before the elections
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      s.jacob
      Apr 12, 2015 at 8:58 am
      Well, this time Oommen Chandy scored first! If it was not UDF, surely BJP or LDF would have objected to using the temple gold. No, I am not saying that we should use the gold of the temple but just mentioning the mind set of Keralites. It is in their blood to oppose whatever idea is put forward. Now, if the central government said that the gold shouldn't be touched, then also keralites will have a different opinion. Always want to swim against the current. For eg. widening the national highway...no way in Kerala because of its special situation. Doubling rail track..no way. It pause problem of rehabilitating people who encroached rail property. There will be a political party or organization to support all progressive thinking. Thankfully nobody has called for a harthal as yet against this suggestion.
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