Jagan’s pastor honorarium scheme irks BJP

Vijayawada: Bharatiya Janata Party came down heavily on YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s government for providing payment of Rs.5,000 per month for pastors, in Andhra Pradesh.
The Minorities welfare department has issued a memo to all the District Collectors on the 27th of August to enumerate the pastor particulars through village volunteers. It has asked to submit ­a detailed report within 15 days. Y.S.Jagan has promised the pastors that they would be paid an honorarium of Rs.5000 if would come into power, during his padayatra, as an opposition leader. To fulfil his poll promise the government has decided to provide the honorarium to the preachers.
The state in-charge of the saffron party, Sunil Deodhar, has expressed severe discontent on Jagan’s government. He alleged that Pastor pension scheme is an attempt to favour one religion over another religion.
Sunil Deodhar tweeted that there are poor people in every religion. He added that ‘monthly stipend to pastors will add fuel to the fire’ and asked Jagan to reveal his real agenda.

BJP State President Kanna Lakshmi Narayana was also unhappy with the government’s decision. He expressed his displeasure over using the public money for pastors as honorarium and stated on twitter condemning it.
However Jagan’s followers gave a strong counter to Sunil Deodhar. They said Jagan has increased the honorarium to archakas and also increased state funding for maintenance of temples.

Durga Ramesh

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