Staff Reporter

New committee meets for first time on temple premises

  • The committee is not supposed to interfere with day-to-day administration
  • Its members take out a rally before assuming office

    VIJAYAWADA: Amidst unspoken resentment from members of the trust board of Sri Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam, members of the newly-formed `Temple renovation committee' met for the first time on the temple premises on Wednesday.

    The 13-member committee headed by Congress worker Potina Paidirao would look into the matters pertaining to the development of the temple. It would focus on proper utilisation of donations and offerings of pilgrims. Temple executive officer, who is also secretary of the newly-formed committee, would take care of receipts and payments.

    The Endowments Department, which felt the need for a separate committee, issued orders on February 27 to appoint the renovation committee. Along with committee chairman, 11 members were appointed on March 15.

    Though the committee would have a three-year term, the Government could abolish it at any point of time. Its members would have no specific powers and were not supposed to interfere with the day-to-day administration.

    The committee members took out a rally from the Congress party's office in one-town to the temple atop Indrakeeladri before assuming office. They discussed issues pertaining to construction of `Rajagopuram' and other pending works.

    `Parallel one'

    Though the functioning of the new committee was meant to be different from that of the trust board, several members of the trust board began to view it as a `parallel' one. With the Endowments Department appointing a `renovation committee' for the first time in the State, some of the trust board members reportedly felt that it was an indication of the Government's `dissatisfaction' with the functioning of the trust board. They were, however, not willing either to oppose the Government's decision or support the new body.

    A member of the trust board, who did not want to be quoted, said that the appointment of a new committee had "diluted the image of the trust board". Another member felt that there would be more "unruly scenes" in the temple with the advent of the new committee.