The Bathini Goud family which administers fish Prasadam in Hyderabad every year, has been asked to pay up Rs 1.10 lakh by the Exhibition Society if it wants to use its ground for the annual event this year.
The family administers the prasadam free of cost to thousands that line up at the ground every year, with the belief that it cures asthama and other ailments.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Bathini Harinath Goud, one of the eldest members of the family, said:
"The state government, which makes all security and other arrangements for people coming to take the prasadam, should instead settle the issue. We are not collecting a single paisa. Our prasadam is free of cost and so is our service."
However the society's Vice-President told the newspaper that they "spend more on repairing roads and cleaning the mess after the event compared to what has been asked from Bathini family."