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Jobs for Tirumala hereditary archakas' children likely

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Priests of `C' class temples can retain plate collections


  • TTD Executive Officer asked to submit report
  • YSR views potu workers' plea favourably
  • Officials asked to propose amendments to Endowments Act

    HYDERABAD: The Government on Thursday took two crucial decisions regarding temples, the first to explore the possibility of appointing male children of the 36 hereditary archaka families in the available vacancies at the Srivari temple at Tirumala, and the second authorising archakas of all 32,098 "C" class temples in the State to retain the plate collections for themselves.

    The Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, considered these two and other issues at a review meeting at the Secretariat on Endowment matters on Thursday attended by the Principal Secretary, Revenue, D. C. Rosaiah, the TTD Executive Officer, A.P.V.N. Sharma, and the Endowments Commissioner, J. S. V. Prasad.

    Directive to official

    After going through various issues pertaining to the mirasidar system existing in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, the Chief Minister asked Mr. Sharma to submit a detailed report for appointing male children in the Srivari temple.

    Of the 40 such mirasidar families, only four were on the rolls while the children of the rest of the 36 families were not working in the temple, he was told.

    Plea granted

    Dr. Reddy cleared the demand made by potu workers regarding pay and allowances and instructed the EO to take decision in their favour in three weeks.

    Coming to know about the poor financial status of the priests of the "C "class temples, he exempted them from Section 144 of the Endowments Act until further orders.

    YSR's advice

    This section stipulates priests to hand over the plate collections of harati, satagopam, dakshina, etc, to the department.

    The Chief Minister advised officials to propose amendments to the Endowments Act to overcome problems relating to temples, if any.

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