Staff Reporter

TIRUPATI: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has reiterated its demand for getting the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) accounts brought under the ambit of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in order to bring in enhanced accountability and transparency into its spending.

“The accounts of the religious body will have to be properly accounted for, as it involves offerings received from common devotees”, the PAC chairperson Yanamala Ramakrishnudu told media persons after a review meeting with district and TTD officials here on Monday. Though the TTD had already made a resolution to this effect, the State government was yet to react. He objected to the way expenditure worth thousands of crores of rupees was being assessed through internal audit. Recalling the PAC’s audit objections to the tune of Rs.413 crore raised in the past, Mr. Ramakrishnudu noted that the officials had hurriedly produced vouchers for all but Rs.18 crore.

He was sceptical about the way vouchers were produced in a short time and announced appointment of a sub-committee to probe into the matter.

He directed the TTD to see that all the departments were computerised by March 2009 to usher in transparency. The committee also took serious note of the TTD’s ‘commercial outlook’ in fixing the tariff of the various ‘sevas’, which he said were on the higher side.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu also announced that a proposal had been sent to the TTD Trust Board seeking a slash in the price of the sevas and also that of the famous ‘Tirumala laddu’.