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Strong social and community action needed: Pratibha Patil

President Pratibha Patil receives a souvenir from TTD chairman B. Karunakar Reddy after inaugurating the Devasthanams’ platinum jubilee celebrations in Tirupati on Monday.

President Pratibha Patil receives a souvenir from TTD chairman B. Karunakar Reddy after inaugurating the Devasthanams’ platinum jubilee celebrations in Tirupati on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

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Inaugurates TTD’s platinum jubilee celebrations

TIRUPATI: President Pratibha Patil on Monday paid rich compliments to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams management for its focus on promoting spiritualism in the society and on taking up a range of community-oriented programmes for the benefit of the common man, especially the economically backward sections.

Inaugurating the four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the TTD Trust Board here on Monday, Ms. Patil urged the TTD Trust to continue its service to the community.

In her address she referred to the measures that the TTD has taken for education, healthcare — with special focus on the physically-challenged and leprosy inflicted — social-security of the aged, infirm and the destitute . She made a particular reference to the latest society-centric scheme —‘Kalyanamasthu’ through which the TTD conducts mass marriages in different cities of Andhra Pradesh for the benefit of the poor.

The scheme was a noble service to the community, Ms. Patil added.

Ms. Patil favoured a strong social and community action in the country to remove social evils like female foeticide and to eradicate drug abuse and alcoholism.

The President noted that the TTD had come a long way in the last 75 years and reminisced in this context her first visit to the Tirumala temple several decades ago when there were not much of amenities for the pilgrims. She said she was happy that the TTD was now offering the best services to the pilgrims for their accommodation, darshan, prasadams, transport and so on.

Referring to the inauguration of the new premises of the TTD’s Oriental College earlier in the day, the President described education as the powerful tool to empower people, especially in the fast-emerging knowledge-based society. Ms. Patil said the ‘Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel’ which she launched on Monday would be an important medium for inculcation of devotional attitude and humane qualities especially among the younger generation.

The President also released the souvenir brought out by the TTD on the occasion. TTD Trust Board Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy said the TTD’s initiatives to transform temples into centres of social and cultural renaissance was in tune with the changing times. Deputy Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly G. Kuthuhalamma; Health Education Minister G. Arunakumari; Tirupati MP Chintha Mohan; Tirupati MLA, M. Venkatramana and TUDA chairman C. Bhaskar Reddy were also present.

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