Lord Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala in Tirupati
TTD has issued notices to 44 non-Hindu employees.
The richest temple board does not allow anyone from ‘alien faith’.
The board to also make wearing ‘Thiru Namam’ mandatory for all employees.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) which manages the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirumala of Andhra Pradesh has issued notices to 44 non-Hindu employees asking them to submit their explanation before removing them.
Till the year 1989, there was no restriction on recruitment process in TTD, but between 1989 to 2007, the recruitment of persons professing Hindu religion was implied only to non-teaching category.
However, after the amended rule of 2007, non-Hindus can’t be employed in either teaching or non-teaching categories of TTD.
The rationale behind this amendment is that Tirumala Tirupati does not allow anyone from ‘alien faith’ inside the temple without making a signed declaration that they believe in the deity Lord Balaji.
Recently, the TTD vigilance and enforcement head Ake Ravi Krishna submitted a report which found that 44 non-Hindu men and women were working in different wings of the temple.
“Among them, 39 were recruited between 1989-2007. Majority of them are employed under compassionate category while some Nominal Muster Rolls escalated to regularisation,” said executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal.
Now TTD is planning to deploy them to other Andhra Pradesh government departments in the equivalent cadres and scales.
The board that manages the world’s richest Hindu shrine is also preparing to make wearing ‘Thiru Namam’ (a mark on middle of the forehead having thin vertical vermilion line in middle surrounded by a U shape white clay line) mandatory for all its employees.
Source: Bing News