Only in Tamil Nadu temples you can find so many barricades setup to discriminate people based on their monetary power and segregate them based for payment to darshan. You can find minimum three queues like

  1. Public Darshan
  2. Special Darshan
  3. VIP Darshan

Temples at Sri Rangam are still worse with their dynamic pricing for even Public Darshan which are charged during specific periods.

Too much of barricades are a headache during special occasions like Shivarathri because people can not sit near sanctum sanctorum for the abhishekams etc.

The biggest reason for this monetary discrimination is that temples are owned by state administration and in order to pay for the expenses like salaries for staff they have to charge like this.

Additionally they do not ensure peace of pilgrims at darshan and involve in blatant pull and push at the sanctum sanctorums which is not a case in most other temples in other parts of India.

That said all the revenue generated goes for those authorities and the priests seems to be just vested with the meagre collections on their pooja plates.

It is time that the temples are freed from government clutches similar to churches and mosques under a separate authority to help maintain their sanctity.

It is no use petitioning to Government of Tamil Nadu regarding this even though it is the state temples that are affected by this issue and hence a petition has been sent to the office of Prime Minister vide PMOPG/E/2017/0385912 .

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Most of the temple entrances in our state are mobbed with beggars and hawkers all around traumatizing a peaceful darshan of the Lord.

I don’t understand the reason behind the municipal administration and HRCE remaining silent on these issues instead of mobilizing an active beggar rehabilitation programs for the beggars at the temple vicinity. Also why not abolish hawkers and regularize sale of pooja items through temple authorized shops. This will ensure quality and avoid overcharging of items.

Also some temples even famous like Mangadu do not have secured footwear keeping counters. We need to keep footwear at our own risk in unattended racks.

A petition has been sent to Government of Tamil Nadu on 15th July 2017 vide GOVTN/E/2017/02006

The following message in vernacular Tamil is spreading virally in social media channels. The synopsis of the message is that ‘Since Pakistan is impotent to face India by force it is plotting with China to destabilize India and hence for Dussehra/Diwali, China is attempting to export 3000 crore valued fireworks with toxic chemicals at dirt cheap prices. These poisonous fireworks, the message goes to say will psychologically affect people, affect citizens with ailments like ashthma and even blind them.

The message further petitions the citizens to avoid these chinese make and also gives an indication that the products will not have ‘Made in China’ brand but written as ‘People Republic of China’.

A petition has been sent to Ministry of Home Affairs vide MINHA/E/2017/04720 to confirm the veracity  of these messages from their Intelligence.

🔴பாகிஸ்தான் இந்தியாவிடம் மோத வலுவின்றி சீனா மூலம் சூழ்ச்சியில் இறங்கி இந்தியாவை அழிக்க முடிவு செய்துள்ளது 🔴அதாவது நவராத்திரி மற்றும் தீபாவளிக்கு 3000 கோடி அளவுக்கு நச்சுதன்மையுள்ள ஆபத்தான பட்டாசுகள் மற்றும் விளக்குகளை இந்தியாவில் மிக குறைந்த விலைக்கு விற்பனை செய்ய உள்ளனர். 🔴 இதனால் நமது இந்திய மக்களின் மனநிலை பாதிக்கப்படும். உடனடியாக கடுமையான ஆஸ்துமா வரும். கண்கள் குருடாகும். 🔴 நாம் செய்ய வேண்டியது…சீன பட்டாசுகள், எலக்ட்ரானிக் பொருட்களை தயவுசெய்து யாரும் வாங்க (வாங்க விட) வேண்டாம். 👉 குறிப்பு: புதிதாக சீனாவின் தயாரிப்பில் Made in China இருப்பதில்லை, மாற்றாக PRC (People Republic of China) என்று அச்சிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. தாமதமின்றி உடனே மற்றவர்களுக்கு பகிரவும்…🙏.

The following message is virally spreading on all social media. We have sent a clarification to Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to confirm why isn’t motor fuel brought under the ambit of GST.

Why petrol and diesel prices are not brought under GST. Now for petrol and diesel the central exise duty is 23% and state VAT is 34%. Total tax is 57%. If these essential products are brought under GST , the maximum tax will be only 28%, which means the prices of petrol and diesel can come down by almost 50%. The public at large will be benefited.

Petition Reference Number: MPANG/E/2017/04330 dated 15th July 2017 for which on 9th August 2017 the following response had been received.

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The pedestrian platform at Chromepet Bus Stand (towards Tambaram) particularly the stretch from overbridge till the traffic lights near MIT flyover has been literally taken over by the autos. Particularly the space near Mofussil Bus Stand has been converted as auto stand.

The auto drivers, with temerity, queue up their vehicles on the platform leaving no space for pedestrians and commuters who are forced to wait for their passengers on the road.

We would need some active policing and enforcement this area to bring discipline.

A copy of this report has been sent to Government of Tamil Nadu vide GOVTN/E/2017/02005

The location of Rajakilpakkam Petrol Bunk is unnecessarily adding traffic to the Rajakilpakkam intersection and entertaining wrongside driving. Petrol fillers from near Ranga Colony (Indian Bank Rajakilpakkam Road) and those from Madambakkam Road are coming in the wrong direction towards Indian Oil Petrol Pump to avoid circuitous U turn at 0.75 KM (Mahalakshmi Nagar Intersection).

Missing Traffic Enforcement and Lack of Steps by the Petrol Pump Owners are tonic to the increasing traffic problem at this intersection.

A report has been filed with the following for necessary action as on 15th July 2017:

  1. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas MPANG/E/2017/04329
  2. Government of Tamil Nadu GOVTN/E/2017/02004

A few days back I saw a report in The Hindu  on 12th May 2017 and reported the same to Government of Tamil Nadu. The text of the report/petition is as below.

Dear Team, The following article on The Hindu today illustrates the sorry state of MTC Bus Stop in Sembakkam. In the absence of a shelter at an MTC bus stop in Sembakkam, commuters have no other option but to brave the blazing sun. A good number of commuters wait at this stop as important route numbers such as 95 (East Tambaram to Thiruvaniyur); 99 (Adyar to West Tambaram); B51 (East Tambaram to T. Nagar); and 5A (East Tambaram to T. Nagar via Pallikaranai) plying through Velachery Main Road, halt here. Commuters could be found taking shelter at nearby commercial establishments and under a thaneer pandhal set up by members of a fan club of film actor Vijay. “It is a long wait in the afternoon hours when the frequency of the buses is low. What annoys us most is that many MTC drivers skip the stop though all route numbers are supposed to here. Unless commuters signal to them, the drivers do not halt,”says R. Shantha Thiagarajan, a commuter. As a result, many commuters walk up to the bus stop at Kamarajapuram or Santhosapuram, which are both two kilometres away. Thanks, Deepak Vasudevan

The response is still awaited from the competent authorities and the core summer itself is complete now.