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Ministry gathering details about the temple purification incident

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Jamshedpur : Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Sudarshan Bhagat on Tuesday said his Ministry is gathering further details about the purification of a temple in Bihar’s Madhubani district soon after the Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi paid obeisance at the temple.

“I came to know the incident from the media only and if it has happened as the Chief Minister claims then it is a shameful incident. My ministry is keeping an eye on the development in Bihar. As of now I have not ordered for any probe as the Bihar government has already ordered a probe into it,” said the minister.

It may be mentioned that Bihar Chief Minister had ordered a probe into the incident. The Darbhanga Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police (IG), Darbhanga zone, will jointly probe whether idols and premises of Parmeshwari Devi temple located in Anradhari village were washed.

Prior to this Bhagat, launched the minimum pension programme, as part of the nation-wide launch of the programme, at Motilal Nehru Public School (MNPS) Auditorium in Sakchi.

He felicitated pensioners under Employees Provident Fund scheme launched from September 1 with the first set of pensions disbursed today.

“We are taking steps to ensure sustainable growth and welfare of the people. We want to ensure that common people reaps the benefits of Central schemes. As part of the programme, nearly 14,775 pensioners of Kolhan region (East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts) would benefit from the enhanced minimum pension amount out of a total beneficiaries of 37,815. Today, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation of the region will felicitate 850 beneficiaries,” the minister said.

The Minister also assured of talking to the Union Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar for increasing the minimum pension amount. “Several trade union leaders are demanding for increasing the minimum pension amount and would put it before the labour ministry,” said Bhagat.

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