Friday, April 2, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Kanakadurga authorities reverse decision

By Express News Service
02 Apr 2010 04:48:00 AM IST

Kanakadurga authorities reverse decision

VIJAYAWADA: In the wake of widespread criticism, authorities of the
Sri Kanakadurga temple announced reversion to the practice of
employing workers of all sections in the prasadampackaging section,
and rescinded the recent decision to restrict it to Brahmins.
The controversy arose when the authorities, in a prasadam tender
notification, awarded the works to a contractor, Ravi Kumar,
specifying clearly that he must engage workers belonging to the
Brahmin community to prepare and pack laddu, pulihora and chakkera
pongali and other prasadams.
When the contractor asked the existing 60 workers not to come to work
from April 1 onwards, there was an outcry. Apparently, it was mainly
Temple Executive Officer N Vijay Kumar's unilateral decision, and this
drew sharp criticism from across the political spectrum, including the
ruling Congress party.
The workers and some political parties organised protest programmes,
but the EO defended his decision saying that the rule was introduced
to maintain hygienic conditions in prasadam-making. It may be noted
that these columns had reported the Potu workers' protest at
Indrakeeladri over the decision.
Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) secretary and BC leader
Kolanukonda Sivaji brought the issue to the notice of Minister K
Parthasarathi, district in-charge minister Ramachandra Reddy and
Endowments Minister Gade Venkatareddy and described the plight of
existing workers.
The Endowments Minister reportedly called the Executive Officer and
rebuked him over his unilateral decision.
"The matter is very sensitive.
When you want to take such a decision you should first consult the
district minister and in-charge minister, besides local MLAs. How
could you decide without consulting anyone of us?'' he is said to have
admonished the EO.
Following verbal instructions from the minister, the temple
authorities decided to drop the rule of allowing only Brahmin workers
in the Potu.


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