Select Page

Warangal: The State government is all set to constitute the non-hereditary trust boards to 33 major temples in the State.As political circles are busy in connection with creation of new districts, the notification issued by the government for the constitution of non-hereditary trust board members to the temples almost went unnoticed, but not for those aspiring for the posts. They are already camping in the capital, hoping to get the plum posts.

Though it has been more than 26 months since the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) stormed to power, it has not made any serious attempt to fill several posts other than a few nominated posts such as agriculture market committees. This is, in fact, said to have made long-serving leaders of the party who pinned their hopes on nominated posts feel insecure as the ruling party is flooded with leaders migrating from other parties.

Against this backdrop, the government has issued a notification for the constitution of trust boards to the temples recently. In a bid to facilitate more persons in the temple committees, the government has increased the number of members through an Ordinance, amending Section 15 of the Telangana Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act, 1987.

As per the amendment, the number of trustees has been increased to 14 from the existing nine where the income of the temple exceeds Rs 1 crore per annum, and the same will be applied to the temples that have an income range between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 1 crore per annum.

The number of trustees for the temples falling in the income group of Rs 2 lakh to Rs 25 lakh per annum is increased to 7 from 5 and the temples that have an income less than Rs 2 lakh per annum will have 5 members instead of 3.

This apart, the government also decided to truncate the term of the trust boards to one year from the existing two years.
According to official information, there are 34 temples in the State under 6A category that command an income of above Rs 1 crore per annum and 25 temples wherein the income ranges between Rs 25 lakh and below Rs 1 crore per annum.

Although the government invited applications from aspirants to form the temple committees last year, it was put on the backburner following a demand to increase the number of members in the trust boards from various quarters.

Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in Yadagirigutta, Rajarajeshwara Swamy Temple in Vemulawada, Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple in Bhadrachalam and Gnana Saraswathi Devasthanam in Basara are among the major temples which will get trust board committees.