TTD’s CD deal draws flak

Special Correspondent

BJYM opposes move to tie up with Delhi-based firm

TTD to pay Rs.30 a CD against market price of Rs.10

A drain on TTD to the tune of Rs.10 crore: BJYM leader

TIRUPATI: The Sangh Parivar has objected to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Trust Board’s decision to enter into an agreement with a Delhi-based company to record devotional songs on Lord Venkateswara and sell audio CDs/VCDs at Rs.30 each against the market price of Rs.10 each.

State president of the Bharathiya Janatha Yuva Morcha (BJYM) G. Bhanuprakash Reddy and other district leaders of the party, at a press conference here on Monday, distributed to media persons draft copies of the agreement.

Other firms ignored

The BJYM leader questioned the propriety of the TTD in agreeing to buy the CD/VCDs at Rs.30 a piece from the company ignoring quotations of a number of other companies which reportedly came forward to supply the same material at prices ranging from Rs.8 to Rs.12.50 each.

It would mean a drain on the TTD coffers to the tune of Rs.10 crore given the fact that the TTD had agreed to buy 40 lakh CDs in the first phase for free distribution, Mr. Bhanuprakash Reddy said and alleged that the TTD had to bow to pressure brought on it by vested interests to clinch the deal.

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