Friday, August 1, 2014

Corrupt "Temple Boards" in India

HYDERABAD: Unable to force the resignations of Congress-appointed temple management boards, including the TTD, the TDP government is now mulling an ordinance that will arm it with powers to show them the door.

The Chandrababu Naidu government's anxiety in replacing the temple committees is understandable as scores of party aspirants are waiting in the wings to bag the coveted posts. In the case of the TTD board, various AP ministers have publicly asked chairman Kanumuri Bapiraju and his board members to immediately step down, but all of them are refusing to do so. In fact, the tenure of the TTD board is scheduled to end this August.

Following the state bifurcation, AP has 22,000 of the 36,000 temples, including around 100 like the Tirumala temple, the Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada and the Srikalahastiswara temple in Srikalahasti, which have more then Rs 1 crore income every year. In all, there are at least 15,000 temples in AP where committees exist and most of them have boards which have more than one year of tenure left. The Kiran Kumar Reddy government had, a few months before the elections, appointed many trust boards, including that of the Kanakadurga temple.


[PADA: Corrupt people being placed on temple boards, where they exploit the temple's income? Hmmm, this is what has happened in ISKCON as well. Seems this "exploiting the temple" problem is going on all over in Kali Yuga. This is why Srila Prabhupada warns that exploiting Krishna, and / or His devotees and temples is considered as more sinful and degraded than the behavior of the ordinary man. ys pd]  

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