District Collector G.S. Sameeran on Wednesday distributed uniforms to 1,091 beneficiaries of priests and temple staff under the purview of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department. A release said that the beneficiaries constituted 429 priests namely archakas, bhattacharyas, odhuvars and poosaris and 662 temple staff (352 men and 310 women) employed in the temples that come under the purview of the HR&CE Department within Coimbatore district. The total cost of the clothes distributed was ₹ 23.02 lakh. In the event attended by HR&CE Joint Commissioner (Coimbatore Zone) R. Senthilvelavan, the male priests received two sets of dhotis each and the male staff members received two sets of brown-coloured trousers and sandal-coloured shirts each. The female priests and temple staff members received maroon-coloured saris with yellow borders, the release said. Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had inaugurated the distribution of these uniforms for priests and temple staff on January 4.