Religious institutes too have to pay commissions

City Karnataka Politics

Bhartiya Janta Party government (BJP) in Karnataka is taking 30 percent commission from religious institutes and mathas alleges  Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee’s (KPCC) general secretary S Manohar.

The KPCC has accused the BJP government of demanding  30 percent commission  from religious organizations and mathas for releasing funds.  The allegations come after the death of Santhosh Patil, a BJP activist and contractor who alleged harassment by KS Eshwarappa over commission.

Amid the protest in Congress Bhavan, the chairperson and activists chanted, “BJP down down” and demanded that the government should be dissolved.

S Manohar, KPCC’s general secretary said, “The same government that received blessings from the Mathas before coming to power is now asking for a 30 percent commission from the Mathas for the grants to be passed. This is a dead government, and it is past time for it to be dissolved.”

He added, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also a part of this dishonest and corrupt government, should reveal the amount of commission collected in the BJP government’s 30  and 40 percent frauds. There is also an ongoing rise in commodity prices, which needs to be addressed.”

Today’s protest, according to KPCC coordinator KP Naveen Chandra, is primarily  against three incidents: the Police sub inspector (PSI) scam, in which Araga Jnanendra, the home minister, is allegedly involved; the demand for 40 percent commissions from contractors and the demand for commissions from religious mathas.

Written examinations for recruitment of 545 PSIs were conducted on Oct. 3, 2021at 92 centers in the state. After the announcement of the results, some inconsistencies  were recorded and an internal enquiry was conducted.

Director General and inspector general of police (DG and IGP) Praveen Sood in a tweet said that a thorough investigation will be conducted in the case.

“So far seven people have been arrested and this includes four successful candidates and three invigilators of the Kalaburagi centre. Many more are absconding and will be arrested soon. The CID has been ordered by the home minister to examine and investigate every selected candidate and finalise the investigation at the earliest,” he tweeted.

Further action on the result will only be taken after CID completes its investigation and gives a conclusive report.