For the first time in recent history, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to purchase land to meet its growing requirements.

It is behind this backdrop that the TTD board of trustees, which met here at Annamaiah Bhavan on Friday with K. Bapi Raju in the chair resolved to purchase about 145 acres of land at Surappakasam in the neighbouring Renigunta mandal.

The land, it is learnt, is being bought by the TTD to meet the growing requirements of the visiting pilgrims, besides providing house sites to its employees and maintain a division of it as a cushion to meet its future needs.

The meeting also resolved to purchase the land in accordance to the government price, which according to rough estimates is put at around Rs.75 crore.

The board also gave its nod to provide Rs.99,000 every month as an incentive to about 198 tribal schools in the Girijan thandas in the State, particularly those administered by a single teacher to promote Hindu culture and tradition, besides inculcating moral and spiritual values among students.

Another major decision taken at the meeting was the appointment of Dr. Garimella Balaskrishna Prasad as ‘Asthana Vidwan’ of the temple of Lord Venkateswara.

Honouring the request made by Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) legislator Harish Rao, the board also decided to provide a face-lift to the centuries-old Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Pullur village in Siddhipeta mandal in Medak district at a cost of Rs.25 lakh.

Other decisions include appointment of 18 vedic pundits at its Dharmagiri Veda pathsala on a monthly sambhavana of Rs.16,000 and sanctioning of Rs.8,000 as Brahmotsavam Bahamanam to its employees.

The meeting also resolved to extend the privilege (bahumanam) to all out-sourced employees working in the institution.

Nod to provide Rs.99,000 every month as incentive to about 198 tribal schools in Girijan thandas in the State