"We will try to give advice as per astrology, we have seen people taking advice from ill-informed people... creating illusions by sitting in alleyways," said Prashant Dolas, the Deputy Director of the government-run Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan or MPSS - the state's nodal agency that promotes Yoga and Sanskrit.
The Bhopal-based institute has prepared the curriculum for these courses and is set to train students who will be certified fortune tellers. The newly introduced one-year diploma programme will cover Astrology, Vaastu and priesthood. It will ensure the availability of these astrologers for at least twice a week from September. The consultation fee will be Rs 5.
The opposition Congress ridiculed the move. Jitu Patwari, legislator and party secretary, said, "In a state where farmers are unhappy, you want to tell the future in five rupees? BJP plays with people's emotions, this is hidden agenda...this is not how a government works."