Even as the one-year term of the Specified Authority (SA) appointed for the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is ending on Wednesday, the government is undecided whether to continue the present body or to reconstitute it.
Although the government is planning to continue the current body on the ground that the one-year term given to it is too short to set right matters in the TTD administration as originally envisaged, it has not yet taken a firm decision, because the post of chairman is being contested by another IAS officer.
Sources said the current chairman, J. Satyanarayana, now serving as Special Chief Secretary in the Chief Minister's office looking after Endowments, has dropped hints to the government, seeking another term for his team, which includes two members, L. V. Subrahmanyam, TTD Executive Officer, and V. Nagireddy, Principal Secretary, Agriculture.
His plea is that the team has not been able to initiate firm measures as yet to cleanse the TTD administration as planned when the SA was constituted last year, let alone accomplishing the tasks assigned. Many problems faced by pilgrims in Tirumala remain unsolved.
On the other hand, K. V. Ramanachary, Principal Secretary, Revenue (Endowments), who served as TTD Executive Officer earlier, has thrown his hat into the ring, seeking reconstitution of the SA with himself heading it as chairman.
One factor that may influence the government to take a decision in his favour is that he has worked as the TTD Executive Officer and implemented some reforms, the sources added.
Whether reconstitution or otherwise, crucial issues related to the TTD administration are awaiting deft handling.
The SA will have to take issues such as the Arjitha Seva muddle, in which 55 persons were cited as accused, and the sale of fake laddus, to their logical end.