TTD institutions in deep crisis in Warangal

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD)- funded Kalyana Mandapam and Sri Venkateswara School for the Deaf and Dumb in Hanamkonda in Warangal are in a state of neglect due to various reasons.

They are the only two institutions under the direct funding of TTD in Warangal. While these two units were set up by the TTD with good intention to serve the underprivileged sections of the society, gross mismanagement has affected their functioning.

Constructed 20 years ago, the present condition of the TTD’s Kalyana Mandapam near Hanamkonda public garden is a poor image of its former self.

The compound wall of the mandapam fell long back without repairs while no attempt was ever made to renovate its building, rooms and to its latrines and bathrooms even though there is a TTD-appointed engineering section inside its complex.

Without the compound wall, there is unrestricted entry of stray animals. Two furnished rooms inside the mandapam complex are now without any chairs, benches and other objects.

A similar pathetic situation is also to be found at the TTD-funded Sri Venkateswara School for the Deaf and Dumb in Hanamkonda (one of the three in the state), where presently 162 specially-abled children from north Telangana districts stay for Class 1-10 education in a sprawling campus.

While all schools reopened on June 13, the special school funded entirely by the TTD reopened only on July 2 due to unknown reasons.

The special school, which was set up in 1986 and attained residential status in 1992, has 12 teaching and 13 non-teaching staff, who works on contractual basis.

However, more than its late reopening after summer vacation, the school courted fresh controversy when city MLA D. Vinay Bhaskar inspected the school on specific complaints of meting out alleged harassment of the 13 contractual non-teaching staff of the special school were denied salaries from June 11 to April 12. “After withholding their salaries for an year, the principal of the special school A. Jaya Rao reportedly commented the contractual staff that he would bring fresh staff from Bheemavaram, where TTD runs another special school. When the contractual staff approached me to help get their pending salaries, the principal reportedly told them to collect the salaries from me,” Mr Vinay Bhaskar said.

Meanwhile, the principal of the school A. Jaya Rao went on leave Tuesday after Mr Vinay Bhaskar tried to contact the the former over his reported comments against him.