TTD ₹3,116 crore budget for 2019-2020

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that runs the richest hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara presented Tuesday its budget plans for 2019-20, anticipating an overall revenue of about ₹3,116 crore during the year, a top TTD official said.

Of the overall income, the cash contributions were calculated at ₹1,231 crore, TTD chairman Putta Sudhakar Yadav told on the Tirumala hills.

The income from the interest on deposits in nationalised and private banks was estimated to be about ₹846 crore, he said.

The sale of tickets for various forms of worship, including rites in the temple, special entry tickets of VIPs and the online tickets priced at ₹300 could get ₹292 crore while the laddu prasadam might bring in about ₹270 crore, he said.

The profits from the auction on human hair to be given by millions of devotees, including the aged, women and infants, as the satisfaction of their vow, were predicted to be ₹100 crore, he said.

The income from the TTD services and marriage halls given to devotees was expected to be around ₹105 crore, he said.

On the expenses, he said, the salaries and other wages to the over 6,000 staff might touch about ₹625 crore while the prices for the out-sourcing personnel could cost about ₹340 crore.

About ₹400 crore was anticipated to be spent on new buildings of pilgrims’ amenities, taking up repair and laying of roads, he said.

A sum of ₹179 crore was anticipated to be spent for the propagation of Hindu dharma activities in the sub-continent, he added.

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