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AP govt mulls new body to manage Tirupati temple

Last Updated: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 00:18

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government
is contemplating to appoint a "specified authority" in place
of the Board of Trustees of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
(TTD), whose term comes to an end on August 24.

The move comes in the light of a series of
controversies surrounding the TTD Board and the stepped up
attack by Opposition parties for abolition of the Board
currently headed by former MP D K Adikesavulu Naidu.

"Details related to the constitution of a specified
authority in place of the Trust Board are being worked out. An
announcement in this regard will soon be made," Information
Minister J Geeta Reddy said.

The issue came up for discussion at the Cabinet meet
chaired by Chief Minister K Rosaiah here this evening.
She said there were many "misconceptions" about the
functioning of the current TTD Board. "We discussed what we
can do and how we can improve the image of TTD that manages
the world famous temple of Lord Venkateswara."

Telugu Desam President N Chandrababu Naidu and Praja
Rajyam Party chief K Chiranjeevi recently trekked the Tirumala
Hills separately seeking cleansing of the TTD administration.

PRP, in fact, wanted a CBI probe into the TTD affairs
even as the Vigilance and Enforcement Department submitted its
inquiry report in which it has reportedly indicted three board
members in the sale of arjita seva (special worship) tickets.

The report was reportedly discussed by the Cabinet in
an informal manner, sources said.


First Published: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 00:18

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