VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy virtually launched Dharmapatham, a platform for art, culture and health in Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy temple, popularly known as Durga temple, on Monday.
Endowments minister Vellampalli Srinivas, TTD chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy, revenue principal secretary (endowments) G Vani Mohan, and TTD EO K.S. Jawahar Reddy were present at the Camp Office on the occasion.
The endowments minister and Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam EO, D. Bramaramba, invited the Chief Minister to offer traditional silk robes to Goddess Durga on behalf of the government during Dasara.
In a separate programme, Subba Reddy and Jawahar Reddy urged Jagan Mohan Reddy to attend Sri Venkateswara Swami Brahmotsavam in Tirumala. The Chief Minister was also urged to attend Dusara celebrations at Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Devasthanam in Srisailam.
Meanwhile, Srinivas Rao said that the government is contemplating to establish an EBC department for various OC castes, including Brahmin Welfare Corporation.
Speaking to the media here, while responding to objections raised by Brahmins to the merger of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation (APWBC), the minister said that the government had decided to merge the APBWC with BC Corporation for the sake of transparency and there were no political conspiracies behind the move. He pointed out that the Chief Minister has given his go-ahead for allocating houses to priests. He said the government has increased salaries for hereditary priests. The online system for issuing tickets in temples was to bring in transparency, he said.
Meanwhile, the Brahmana Chaitanya Vedika demanded the government to withdraw orders of merging APBWC with BC Corporation and warned of laying siege to the Chief Minister’s house in Tadepalli if the government fails to fulfill their demand.
BCV state president Siripurapu Sridhar Sarma alleged that YSRC government was trying to suppress the Brahmin community, which is why it moved APBWC to BC Corporation without allocation of any funds....