TTD ‘laddu’ price comes under scanner

Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: The Andhra Pradesh House Committee on Estimates has for the second time raised the issue of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) management pegging up the price of the Tirumala ‘laddu’ at Rs.25.

The panel headed by B. Vedavyas held a sitting here on Tuesday with the TTD top-brass led by its Executive Officer K.V. Ramanachary for a review of the Estimates of various works in the organisation.

In course of the review, it drew the attention of the EO to its suggestion made to the TTD during its last visit to reduce the price of the ‘laddu’ as its present price of Rs.25 is too high for ordinary pilgrims to afford.

The Chairman and eight other members who were present at the review meeting asked the Executive Officer to look into the matter and do something ‘positive’ in the interest of the ordinary pilgrims.

Small laddus

Promising to convey the views of the Committee to the TTD Board at its next meeting, the EO took to the notice of the panel the free distribution of 45,000 ‘small laddus’ daily to the pilgrims at Tirumala.

The Committee also asked the TTD to take up renovation of the temples in the dalitwadas in the State at a cost of Rs.5 lakh each. In the dalitwadas where there are no temples, the TTD could construct a temple each through its Dharma Prachara Parishat.

Another major suggestion of the Committee to the TTD was to admit students of all castes into its Veda Pathasala.

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