HR&CE asks private providers to shut down websites run for temples

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HR&CE Commissioner advises temples to ensure their websites are designed and managed by NIC

HR&CE Commissioner advises temples to ensure their websites are designed and managed by NIC

The Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) has warned individuals against operating websites for temples under its jurisdiction.

“These sites are used by some people who are connected with the temple in one way or another. They organize organized trips, allow devotees to make reservations for pujas and in turn block tickets for rituals in the temples”, explained the HR&CE minister. PK Sekarbabu.

He said such sites could be found offering their services at temples which were popular among devotees to perform pariharams (prayers offering remedies). “The temples do not receive the income generated by these pujas. The “puja operator” receives the amount. They organize everything, including stay, food, transport and rituals,” he said.

Meanwhile, HR&CE Commissioner J. Kumarabaran has issued a directive to temples saying they should shut down websites operated on their behalf by local businesses. “There is no guarantee that the data would be safe as they are not equipped to provide security protocols. Recently a data breach occurred on one of these websites and damage control had to be done,” he said.

The commissioner advised all temples to ensure that their websites are designed and maintained by the National Computing Center. “The server is with ELCOT and the added benefit is that all the websites would have the same level of security and the content can also be moderated. We provide links to the temples from our website,” he said. -he declares.

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