Disband TDB, says Vellappally

Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan has said the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) should be disbanded as it was steeped in corruption.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, Mr. Natesan said when the new Board is constituted, an advisory committee of technical hands, like the Railway Board, should also be formed.

The committee should not be one that would cut down the powers of the Board, but one that can give proper advice.

Such a committee was necessary as the Devaswom Board was a ‘mini-government.’ He pointed out the presence of an advisory committee in the Guruvayur Devaswom Board.

Let that system of having political nominees on the Board continue, he said. The Works Department of the TDB was steeped in corruption, Mr. Natesan alleged.

Asked why the NSS was silent on the TDB issue, Mr. Natesan said the hopes of NSS to ‘capture’ the TDB, during the tenure of Oommen Chandy as Chief Minister, were dashed as elections were declared and LDF emerged victorious.

This was the reason why NSS was now silent on the TDB issue, he said.


Mr. Natesan said appointments to all institutions including Public Sector Units (PSUs) and aided educational institutions, where salaries of staff were being disbursed from the Government exchequer, should be done by the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC). SNDP was ready to allow PSC to select staff in all its educational institutions and in all educational institutions managed by the SN Trust, Mr. Natesan said.

Yatra from Mangalore

He added that SNDP would organise a ‘yatra’ to propagate the ideals of Sri Narayana Guru from Mangalore on December 12. Congress leader Janardhanan Poojari will inaugurate the ‘yatra’ at the Gokarnanath Temple near Mangalore, Mr. Natesan said. The ‘yatra’ will reach Sivagiri on December 31.

SNDP vice-president M.B. Sreekumar will lead the ‘yatra,’ which coincides with the 75th anniversary of Sivagiri pilgrimage.

The ‘yatra’ will be received at Sivagiri and taken to the Madhom there in a procession in which 30,000 people were expected to participate. The ‘yatra’ will cover 120 SNDP Yogams.

In Kozhikode

The ‘yatra’ will reach Kozhikode district on December 15. Mr. Natesan said that the ‘yatra’ was being planned to rejuvenate the organisation and to spread the messages of Sri Narayana Guru.

Mr. Sreekumar said that 257 acres given to SNDP Yogam in 1954 by the government in Chulliyode in Wayanad district had been taken over by the district administration following claims by a forum of local people registered in 1990.

Land dispute

Additional District Magistrate (ADM) had taken over the land and a building there, fearing breakdown of law and order situation following attempts to forcefully occupy the area by the forum, which, Mr. Sreekumar alleged was being led by BJP-RSS activists.

All the documents of the area and building, however, prove the ownership of SNDP Yogam, he said.

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