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TTD: Free laddu for pilgrims on foot

TTD: Free laddu for  pilgrims on foot
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ttd: Free Laddu for Pilgrims on Foot, e Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board Offered Free Laddu. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board on Monday unanimously resolved to provide a free laddu to each devotee, in addition to the two given on subsidy, who walk to the hill shrine for Lord Venkateswara’s darshan

  • TTD to give cash gifts to staff who worked during ‘Brahmotsavam’
  • No evidence of corruption during ’Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam’, CVSO to conduct inquiry

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board on Monday unanimously resolved to provide a free laddu to each devotee, in addition to the two given on subsidy, who walk to the hill shrine for Lord Venkateswara’s darshan. This would be implemented from ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ (January 11, 2014). It was also decided to give away cash gifts of Rs 5,000 (contract) and Rs 10,000 (permanent) each to the TTD employees, who worked during the ‘Brahmotsvams’ apart from providing health cards to them.

The other decisions include not hiking the laddu price and to sell 2014 diaries and calendars a month in advance. It was also decided to constitute a high-level committee with the chief vigilance and security officer to monitor the security of the Thousand Pillar temple’s construction, in accordance with the AP High Court orders. The committee comprises of the TTD JEO and TTD CE.

The board decided to allow services to the Lord by Mirasidars (Archakas) for their lifetime. It also allocated Rs 46 crore for the construction of a multi-storied pilgrim’s amenities complex at Tiruchanoor, Rs 3.7 crore for repairs to the Lord’s dilapidated temple there, Rs 2.6 crore for construction of quarters for devotees and Rs 32 lakh for carrying out repairs to the Mangalagiri Temple. It gave approval raising Rs 69 crore through donations for installing CCTV cameras inside the temple to enhance security. The board announced an assistance of Rs 40 lakh to the Bhagavad Gita Foundation. It appointed N V Mohana Rangacharyulu as TTD Agama advisor.

Briefing press persons, Kanumuri Bapiraju, chairman and M G Gopal, Executive Officer said that the RTI Act would not be applicable to TTD, as per the rulings of the Supreme Court and Kerala High Court. Bapiraju asserted that there was no evidence to prove corruption in the ‘Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam’. However, the board has decided to ask the Chief Vigilance and Security Officer to conduct an inquiry.

They also revealed that the TTD Board would have to incur an additional subsidy burden of Rs 12 crore for making five lakh free laddus. It is already providing Rs 72 crore as subsidy on the laddu and ‘prasadams’. They added that the board decided to provide free food twice a day for the devotees staying in ‘Srinivasam’ and ‘Vishnu Nivasam’ guest houses.

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