Tirupati: The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday extended the tenure of Y.V Subba Reddy as the head of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the country's largest Hindu temples conglomerate.
The two-year tenure of Y.V Subba Reddy, the maternal uncle of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, ended on 22 June.
"In exercise of powers conferred under sub-section (1) of section 96 of Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowment Act 1987, the government of Andhra Pradesh hereby constitutes afresh, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board. Y.V Subba Reddy is appointed as chairman of the Board. The other members will be appointed shortly," said G. Vani Mohan, the principal secretary of the AP endowment department, in her order.
Mr. Subba Reddy took oath as the 50th chairman of the TTD Board on 22 June 2019. Later, the government inducted 37 members to run the largest temple in the country.
Meanwhile, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Saturday announced that the Sarvadarshan (free darshan for devotees) will resume at the famous Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh only after the World Health Organization (WHO) de-notifies the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Dr. K.S Jawahar Reddy, the chairman and executive officer of TTD, said the temple administration has been imposing curbs on pilgrim footfall to the Tirumala hill for the past few months due to the pandemic.
He said TTD was compelled to issue only limited darshan tokens at Tirumala due to COVID-19. However, it had increased the special entry darshan tickets quota to 8,000 tickets a day from 5,000 tickets based on requests from devotees.
He said the temple administration which has simplified the room allotment process to devotees has now introduced a complaint tracking system which will help visiting devotees get their grievances resolved in real-time, he added.
Mr. Reddy said pilgrims can register their complaints at 9989078111 and their grievances will be resolved before their departure from Tirumala.
TTD records showed that about 5.32 lakh devotees visited Tirumala temple and the temple received Hundi collections of Rs. 44.48 crore in July 2021. TTD also received Rs.3.97 crore through e-Hundi. Goddess Padmavathi Ammavari temple at Tiruchanoor also received a Hundi donation of Rs.3.97 crore in July, Mr. Reddy said.
He added, "We are planning to set up a theme park in Tirumala and also planning to develop the Japali temple."