GUNTUR: Narasaraopet MP Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu has urged the Centre to grant registration under Foreign Currency Regulation Act (FCRA) to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD).
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Krishna referred to the Centre’s recent decision to grant similar permission to Gurdwara Harmandir Sahib in Punjab.
“Giving registration under FCRA to Gurdwara is a commendable step. Centre should also consider granting similar permission to TTD which has devotees across the globe,” said Krishna. He said that the temple is deeply ingrained in Hindu culture and Lord Venkateswara has been worshipped for centuries. He said that TTD receive 60,000–1 lakh devotees each day as millions of people across the world have faith in Lord Sri Venkateswara. Curiously, Krishna is the first MP in the history to raise the issue of FCRA for TTD trusts.
He said that TTD’s multiple trusts were involved in social welfare activities like providing daily free meals to 70,000 people. He said that TTD is also providing medical services including consultations and surgeries free of cost to the poor through the BIRRD trust and the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences.
MP said that TTD has been running schools and colleges across the country where lakhs of children receive high quality education. “The temple trust also acts as a guardian of our rich history by preserving and restoring ancient temples. These social activities are costing anywhere between Rs3,000-Rs.3,300 crore.
Devotees of Lord Venkateswara who are living abroad are willing to offer their services to the temple through a donation. However, their hands are tied without the FCRA registration,” said MP. He requested the Centre to take a serious note of the issue and grant FCRA registration to the TTD trust.