Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday announced a over three-fold increase on the consolidated pay offered to members of Tamil Nadu Temple Protection Force.
  
Considering the rise in the price of essential commodities, the consolidated pay offered to retired army personnel, currently employed as the Temple Protection Force, will be increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,500.Jayalalithaa has issued orders in this regard, a government release said here.
  
Jayalalithaa, when her AIADMK was in power in 1992, created the Temple Protection Force, comprising 1,000 second level police constables and 3,000 retired army personnel, as part of protecting the jewels, hundis and the idols kept in various temples across Tamil Nadu, the release added.

(Agencies)