Tirupati: Some gold and silver ornaments
allegedly went missing from the treasury of the Tirumala temple, which
led to the temple authorities so far recovering Rs 2.25 lakh from an
official held responsible for the loss.
A five-kg silver crown
and two gold items were reported to have gone missing from the treasury
of the temple about two years ago but the incident came to light on
Tuesday after a section of TTD employees took exception to only one
official being held responsible for the incident.
Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the world's
richest Hindu temple, meanwhile, assured devotees that their
contributions are safe.
TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal
said all precautions and vigilant steps were taken by the TTD in the
preservation of devotees' contributions of gold and silver ornaments and
others with proper documentation in the treasury.
reports of laxity and carelessness in preserving the devotees'
contributions and said stringent action was taken against erring
officials, if any.
He said all the devotees' contributions were
safely and systematically brought to the treasury of TTD administrative
building where an Assistant Executive Officer rank official records them
and keep the ornaments in lockers. "In the event of a transfer of the
officials, there would be a total inspection of all items in the
presence of outgoing, and incoming officials in the presence of
Vigilance, the Deputy Executive Officer concerned and accounts
officials," he said.
AEO M. Srinivasulu had personally reported
some shortages of ornaments worth totalling of Rs 7,36,375 as per
certification of October 10, 2017, and also some additions. Among the
excess items were some gold and silver ornaments, precious stones, and
gold plated jewels.
The EO said after investigations, Srinivasulu
was held responsible for the shortfall in the ornaments and at the rate
of Rs 25,000 per month, an amount of Rs 2.25 lakh has so far been
recovered from him.
He said on the appeal of the said AEO, the
TTD has agreed to undertake certification once again in September next
when the shortages could become more transparent.
The EO said in
the event if the alleged shortlisted items were not found, the TTD would
take action for the full recovery of the total amount and also initiate
departmental disciplinary proceedings as well against Srinivasulu.
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