AP Govt mulls new body to manage Tirupati temple
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Last Updated: Friday, August 20, 2010, 00:57
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government is contemplating appointment of 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 campaign by opposition parties for abolition of the Board currently headed by former MP D K Adikesavulu Naidu.

"Details relating 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 had recently trekked to the Tirumala Hills separately seeking "cleansing" of the TTD administration.

PRP 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 special worship tickets.

The report was understood to have come up for discussion at the cabinet in an informal manner.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to visit Tirupati on August 31 to launch the Unique Identification Authority of India project.

"As per the tentative programme, the Prime Minister will visit Tirupati on the 31st to take part in a series of programmes," state Minister for Information J Geeta Reddy told newsmen at the end of the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister K Rosaiah here today.

The programmes include laying of foundation stone for the NTPC-BHEL joint venture project and the Tirupati International Airport, she said.


First Published: Friday, August 20, 2010, 00:57

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