Bhubaneswar: Odisha government decided to audit balance sheets of over 60 famous shrines to examine annual income and expenditures of the religious institutions.
In a notification issued by the Law Department, the government asked Principal Accountant General to audit accounts of 61 temples across the state exercising powers conferred under Sub-section (3) of Section (58) of Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment Act, 1951.
“In exercise of the powers conferred under sub-section (3) of Section 58 of the Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment Act, 1951, the state government do hereby notify the following religious institutions of the state, whose accounts shall be audited by the auditors to be nominated by the Principal Accountant General, Odisha, Bhubaneswar,” the notification stated.
As per the notification, the accounts of total 61 temples will be audited. The balance sheets of the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, Ram Temple in Bhubaneswar, Chandi Temple in Cuttack, Baladev Jew Temple in Kendrapara, Maa Biraja Temple in Jajpur, Akhandalamani Temple in Bhadrak, Khirachora Gopinath Temple in Balasore and Maa Samalei Temple are among 61 shrines will be audited by the AG.