Mamata also announced the establishment of a Dalit Academy and expansion of the Hindi Academy and the Rajbanshi Academy. Besides, she unveiled a scheme to restore mandirs, masjids and gurdwaras in districts, with a special emphasis on restoration of 14th century heritage temples in Bankura’s Bishnupur, as part of her government’s “sarba dharma samanway” approach. TMC also formalised the structure of its Hindi cell and appointed MP Dinesh Trivedi, one of its prominent non-Bengali faces, chairman.
The state also decided to give Brahmins land in Kolaghat to set up a “tirthasthan for Sanatan Hindu Dharma”.
“Don’t take it otherwise. About 8,000 poor Brahmins made a request to me. We have decided to give them a monthly stipend of Rs 1,000 and build houses for them under Bangla Abas Yojana. This is an honorarium. We’re going to consider such requests from Christian pastors too. The 8,000 Brahmins will get the stipend from the Puja months of October/November,” Mamata said at the state secretariat.
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