HR&CE Department to Implement Centralized Monitoring System to Check Activities in Major Temples in Tamil Nadu | Chennai News

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CHENNAI: The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department would soon establish a centralized oversight mechanism at the department’s headquarters in Chennai to closely monitor the activities of all major temples in the state.
According to senior officials, the department has put in place a plan to have an oversight mechanism to protect the interests of worshipers. There have been incidents of temple employees and priests behaving rudely with congregants. By connecting the CCTVs to the CSF, the problem could be solved immediately.
They said 47 major temples including temples in Palani, Tiruchendur, Madurai, Tiruvannamalai, Srirangam and Chennai would be placed under the monitoring mechanism in the first phase. The existing CCTVs in these temples would be connected to the main control room of the commissioner’s office.
“A team of five officials has been deployed to the centralized monitoring facility on the first floor of the commissioner’s office. So far, the connectivity of around 30 temples with the centralized monitoring facility has been completed,” an official said.
The cameras that have been installed to cover the activities in front of the sanctum sanctorum, VIP queue, regular worshipers queue, ticket counters, Annadhana mandapam, hair offering centers and other places where the pilgrims converging in large numbers would be connected to the Centralized Monitoring Facility (CSF).
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