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Zed favors higher pay for Hindu priests

Nevada, Tue, 24 May 2011 ANI

Nevada (US), May 24 (ANI): Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has stressed the need of according due reverence to the profession of priesthood in Hinduism.


Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that priests performed an important role in Hindu society, conducting samskaras (sacraments); studying and interpreting ancient scriptures; elaborating the true nature of Dharma; performing/officiating at worship services, including ceremonies and rituals; fulfilling the community's worship service needs; etc. They were custodians of our traditions and should be venerated by the society.


Zed argued that in India, national minimum rate of their compensation/honorarium should be set and it should be raised after regular intervals based on consumer price index. They should receive some fixed percentage of the temple collections also in addition to the salary.e further said that a national commission should be set-up in India to look into the issues facing the priestly profession and come up with urgent solutions and relief measures. A nationwide pension scheme should be launched for all the priests. (ANI)


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