PONDA/MAPUSA: Ponda taluka that has over 300 temples, of which around 45 are registered under the Mazania Act formed during Portuguese era, including Shantadurga, Ramnath, Nagesh, Navdurga, Mahalsa and Mahalaxmi, confirmed they have not yet received any I-T Department notices.
Besides these, there are other temples registered as trusts and religious body who have also not received any such notices. Some small temples do not keep accounts books as their income is low. Sources in various temples, as well as committee members, said they are not worried of I-T notices as they file their returns. Most temples deposit in the bank money received in donation boxes or cash received on a regular basis.
Borim Saibaba Temple trust member Narayan Naik said their trust has not received any notice from the I-T department. He said they deposit money, including that received in donation boxes, in the bank weekly and transactions to meet expenses are done through cheques, and their returns have been filed.
Some temples have collected demonetised notes received in donation box and deposited in banks, however, others have displayed a board requesting devotees not to put demonetised notes into donation boxes.
Meanwhile, president of Bodgeshwar Devasthan in Mapusa, Subhash Kalangutkar said, “We are doing only deposits and haven’t done any withdrawal from November 8. We file returns with the Income Tax, though we are governed under the Mahajani Act. Till now we have not received any letter or notice from Income Tax.” The temple will soon be withdrawing cash Rs 7 lakh, which they do annually, to sponsor the education of poor children.