Shirdi (Maha), Dec 30, 2016: The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust at Shirdi has received donations of a sum of almost Rs 31.73 crore during the past 50 days post the government’s demonetization step, according to an official.
Sachin Tambe, one of the trustees of the Saibaba Sansthan said that these donations include Rs 4.53 crore in the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and Rs 3.80 crore in the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes denominations.
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During the last 50 days, the organization has received Rs 18.96 crore in donation boxes, Rs 4.25 crore, including Rs 2.62 crore through credit/debit cards, at its various donation counters, Rs 3.96 crore through bank demand drafts, Rs 1.46 crore in donations online and Rs 35 lakh through money orders, mentioned PTI.
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Cash donations were not all. The trust also received gold jewellery weighing nearly 2.90 kg worth around Rs 73 lakh and silver ornaments of 56 kg worth about Rs 18 lakh, he informed.
The trust also got Rs 3.18 crore from VIP devotees through darshan and aarti paid passes issued to them after November 8, Tambe mentioned.
In the last financial year, the famous Saibaba temple had received Rs 162 crore through donation boxes. This comes out to an average of Rs 44.38 lakh in a day.
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However, after demonetisation, the Sansthan received an average Rs 37.92 lakh donation in a day, Tambe added.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang