Why Telangana CM Chandrasekhar Rao’s offering at Tirupati temple from the Common Good Fund was in violation of rules

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made the offering to keep his vow of doing so if a separate Telangana State was formed.

Published: 22nd February 2017 10:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2017 12:43 AM   |  A+A-

Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao today offered precious ornaments to Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavati in Tirupati. | EPS

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately-- be it his new Rs 50 crore office-cum-residence complex with noted for the bullet-proof toilet or his recent offerings worth Rs 5.5 crore at the Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati on Wednesday. The offering was made to keep his vow of doing so if a separate Telangana State was formed.

In an extreme generosity with the taxpayers’ money, the CM donated gold ornaments worth Rs 5.5 crore from the Common Good Fund of the Endowments Department of the Government of Telangana, a fund earmarked for the renovation of dilapidated temples, to Tirupati temple that earned Rs 2,600 crore revenue last year alone and is one of the richest temple in the world.

What is Common Good Fund? Can the public avail funds?

The Common Good Fund is created under Section 70(1) (a) of Endt Act from the contributions made by the Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions whose annual income exceeds Rs 50,000. They contribute at the rate of 5% of the assessable income of the institutions. The funds are utilised for renovation, preservation, maintenance of Hindu temples in needy circumstances; Dhoopa Deepa Naivedyam to needy temples; establishment and maintenance of Veda Pathasalas, Agama Pathasalas and schools for training in Archakatwam, Adhyapapaktwam etc.

Also View: Here's a glimpse at ornaments worth Rs 5 crore offered by KCR to Tirupati temple

The Common Good Fund Committee has evolved certain guidelines for granting funds to the needy temples such as temples whose gross annual income exceeds Rs 5 lakhs are not eligible for CGF grant. The guidelines also mention that preference will be given to renovation, preservation and maintenance of old temples in rural areas with little resources. Moreover, it is not in the capacity of the head of a secular country to make public money available to any religious institution.

With Telangana reeling under the threat of a third successive drought, several people have raised their eyebrows against the chief minister’s penchant for sprawling residence, vastu-compliant office and bullet-proof toilet among others.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp