Huge scam unearthed at Kanakadurga temple

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Vigilance and Enforcement officials have unearthed a huge scam in the utilization of the donations made by the devotees at Kanakadurga temple here.

According to sources, some employees are drawing provisions worth lakhs of rupees every month on the pretext of ‘annadanam’ but are diverting a major portion to the black market. The Vigilance and Enforcement officials recommended in its report measures to streamline the system and initiate action against the erring staff.

Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Saswatha Annadanam Trust was formed in May 1999 and all the donations received should be deposited in banks in the form of Fixed Deposits and the interest accrued should be utilized to serving the devotees. The Devasthanams has got Rs.6.29 crore between March 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016. The management had deposited the donations in the form of Fixed Deposits and Rs.1.84 crore in current account violating the norms of the Trust.

According to reports, as many as 30.49 lakh devotees took annaprasadam between the said period. During an inspection of the annadanam halls on one day and also as per records, the annadanam employees took provisions for 3,600 persons from the stores but prepared meals for only 1,000. On seeing the Vigilance officials, record assistant Chintada Ramesh tore away about 2,000 tickets from the token books.

Regional Vigilance and Enforcement Officer M.Ravindranath Babu said that they have detected several irregularities in the collection of donations, variations in stock and annadanam registers. If the variations in stock and annadanam registers. If the variation is about 2,500 devotees per day in taking annaprasadam, one can easily hazard a guess about the scale of corruption’, he said.

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