MALAPPURAM: The budgetary allocation of a solid recurring grant for the Thunchanparambu at Tirur, home of Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, has brought cheer to aficionados of Malayalam language and literature.
Thunchanparambu, a literary pilgrim centre named after the patriarch of the Malayalam language, has been allocated an annual grant of Rs.15 lakh.
The budgetary allocation by Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has brought relief to the Thunchan Memorial Trust, headed by litterateur M.T. Vasudevan Nair.
Till now, the grant Thunchanparambu got from the government did not go beyond a couple of lakhs of rupees. Thunchanparambu maintains eight employees, including an administrator and a superintendent, and their salary alone comes to Rs.6-7 lakh a year.
The grants given by the government did not even meet the salary expenses of the employees who work at Thunchanparambu.