HYDERABAD: Dharmika Parishad, an apex body constituted with eminent persons from various walks of life, Agama pundits and philanthropists for improving the administration and maintenance of charitable Hindu religious institutions and Endowments, held its first inaugural meeting here on Wednesday.
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah who was the chief guest administered the oath to 27 members of the Parishad at the inaugural session held at Jubilee Hall.
The new Endowment legislation 2007 with several amendments to earlier Act 30/1987 was passed thanks to the initiative taken by late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to ensure hereditary rights to archakas and maintenance of over 37,000 small neglected temples.
Dharmika Parishad was an important aspect of the amended Act to advise the government on administration and maintenance of temples and ensure propagation of Hindu dharma, he said.
As Endowments Act had no provision to provide funds directly for renovation of small temples, he suggested to the Endowments Minister Gade Venkat Reddy, who is chairman of the Parishad, to consider using the TTD funds released to Common Good Fund through transfer of account. Earlier, Mr. Venkat Reddy said that Archakas and other temple employees welfare fund was created with Rs.90 crore for welfare measures. Government would also rationalise tenancy of temple lands and rent of shops to improve temple revenues by March 31, he said. Temple Protection Movement convener M.V. Soudara Rajan said Sanskrit should be taught in all temples to propagate Vedic and spiritual knowledge to foster good thought, peace and harmonyin society. Endowments Commissioner Sundar Kumar, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Chairman D. Adikeshavulu Naidu, EO I.Y.R. Krishna Rao were also present.