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May 20 2011 (Friday )

Headlines

SHRC directive to TTD E.O
Harassment' at Vedapatasala flayed
21 to tie knot in Kalyanamastu
Govt Likely to Appoint New EO for TTD, Revive Trust Board


SHRC directive to TTD E.O
Hyderabad , May 19 :

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday took suo motu notice of the alleged sexual abuse of junior students by their seniors at the Vedic school at Tirumala and directed the Executive Officer of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which runs the institution, to take up a detailed inquiry.

The EO as well as the Collector and the Superintendent of Police of Chittoor district, both of whom were also asked to conduct a parallel inquiry, have been directed to submit their reports to the commission by June 27.

Shocking

The SHRC which passed orders to the authorities based on newspaper reports about the incident, noted that what happened at the school was shocking.

It was more shocking that it happened in the pilgrim town of Tirumala.

The commission expressed anguish that the management and senior officials of the school failed in their duty to impart morality and discipline among the students who would later in their career turn out to be Vedic pandits, expected to teach morals to society.

The SHRC felt that the human rights of not only the junior students but the entire community were violated as the society expected Vedic pandits from the school to be of high moral character and discipline.

Condemned

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Balala Hakkula Sangham (AP Child Rights Association) condemned the alleged sexual harassment of students of TTD-run Vedic school at Tirumala by their seniors.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, president of the association Achyuta Rao and secretary Anita Reddy said the incident was not just a blot on the TTD but on the society itself.

They wanted the State government to suspend the school Principal and teachers immediately so that a fair inquiry was possible.


‘Harassment' at Vedapatasala flayed
Tirupati , May 19:

Andhra Pradesh Brahmana Sangha Samakhya, the confederation of Brahmins' associations, has strongly condemned the harassment of juniors by seniors at Dharmagiri Vedapatasala at Tirumala as ‘unfortunate'.

Among other things, the Samakhya has advised the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) management to divide the hostel accommodation into two categories based on age groups, for 6 to 10 years and 12 to 16 years, besides forming invigilation committees with the teachers.

The organising secretary C.R.K. Seshagiri Rao has also sought development of libraries, promotion of sports and ban on use of mobile phones in the Vedic school.


21 to tie knot in Kalyanamastu
Ongole , May 19:

Kalyanamastu, the mass marriage programme being taken up under the auspices of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), will be conducted on May 20 in four centres of Prakasam district for 21 couples who have applied for it.

There are allegations that improper campaigning is the main reason for the poor response to Kalyanamastu this time.

As many as 52 marriages were performed in 2007 under Kalyanamastu, 236, 56 and 86 in three phases in 2008 and 38 in 2009.

The marriages will be performed at 9.52 am at Ongole, Singarayakonda, Chirala and Kandukur by the TTD which is presenting golden mangalasutra, new clothes and essentials to each couple, further providing free meals to 60 relatives of each couple during Kalyanamastu.

Besides this, the TTD is offering free darshan facility to couples of Kalyanamastu.

The TTD is taking up the programme across the state and marraiges are being held in TTD Kalyanamandapams in all districts.


Govt Likely to Appoint New EO for TTD, Revive Trust Board
Hyderabad ,May 19:

A revamp of the Tirumala Tirupati Dev-asthanams (TTD) administration is on the cards.

Official sources on Thursday indicated that the government may appoint a new executive officer and revive the TTD Trust Board.

IYR Krishna Rao, the present TTD EO, is likely to be replaced with another IAS officer LV Subramaniam.

Orders to this effect are likely to be issued after Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy returns from a visit to Delhi later this week.

Hinting at the revival of the TTD Trust Board, the sources said, the government
may first appoint the Chairman and later, nominate the other members.

Among the front runners for the post of the chairman is Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao.

The Board was scrapped and a specified authority was put in place during Kiran Kumar Reddy's predecessor K Ro-saiah's tenure.

The specified authority is headed by principal secretary to the Chief Minister J Satyanarayana.