The CISF has recommended deployment of 261 personnel for security of the temple that will cost the state exchequer Rs 50 lakh monthly towards salaries, pension funds, logistics and accommodation.

"We are waiting for the final communication from the Union Home Ministry as the CISF  has already sent a survey report to the head headquarters in New Delhi for deployment of its personnel at the temple," state Home Secretary Amir Subhani said.

The 1,500-year-old temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, was rocked by a string of bomb blasts last month. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the incident but is yet to make a breakthrough.

Last month, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reiterating that the state government is prepared to meet the expenses on deploying CISF personnel at the temple.

Nitish Kumar had demanded CISF cover for Bodh Gaya temple a day after the explosions. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde also approved the CISF cover as a special consideration.

The decision was taken at the Mahabodhi temple is a World Heritage Site and attracts a large number of domestic and international tourists.The temple is located at the site where Lord Buddha, born in neighbouring Nepal, is believed to have attained enlightenment under a banyan tree around 2,500 years ago. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.


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