Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: All the choultries run by Arya Vysya Sangham in the State will come out of the purview of the Endowments department.

An order to this effect had already been issued and it would be implemented shortly, according to the Regional Joint Commissioner of Endowments, S. Kondala Rao.

There are about 50 Arya Vysya choultries in the districts of East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna with properties worth several crores of rupees.

All the temples should now be properly registered, a decision taken to protect the temple lands and properties, he said.

“This decision is taken by our Endowments Minister who also holds the Stamps and Registration portfolio.

The attempts to grab temple lands will be thwarted by this move.

Already the Langarkhana choultry in Bheemunipatnam was sold away to someone and we got it cancelled.

Similarly, the Simhachalam lands. From now on, Endowments lands cannot be registered without the knowledge of the department,” he explained.

Dr. Kondala Rao also said that out of 403 temples in the three north Andhra districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, which were proposed to be handed over to the local managements since their income was below Rs.2 lakhs, 85 were considered for deletion immediately.

A notification was also in the case of 36 other temples for appointing trust boards while Archakas will be appointed as person-in-management for another 36 temples, he disclosed.

Under the Dhoopa-Deepa Naivedyam scheme, 1,000 temples were proposed to benefit.

The deadline for applications was over on October 31 and about 400 to 500 temples in the six coastal districts were expected to benefit from the scheme which envisages a grant of Rs.2,500 a month for each temple to perform the basic ritual, he said.