Tirupati – Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) employees have witnessed unprecedented improvements in wages and benefits following the tenure of Chairman Bhumana Karunakar Reddy. Appointed as TTD Chairman in August last year, Bhumana Karunakar Reddy, who also serves as the city MLA, has ushered in a new era for the 23,000-strong TTD workforce, comprising 16,000 non-permanent and 7,000 regular staff.
The TTD Trust Board, under Reddy’s leadership, adopted a groundbreaking resolution, ensuring a minimum wage of Rs 16,000 for all non-permanent employees. This encompasses workers from various categories, including those employed in Lakshmi Srinivasa Manpower Corporation (LSMPC), Employees of Societies, Agency, contract workers, program-based artists, and FMS employees.
Furthermore, the Board approved a resolution for an annual 3% wage hike for contract employees under TTD’s Sri Lakshmi Srinivasa Manpower Corporation (LSMC), benefitting approximately 5,500 workers. The recent resolutions have not only focused on wage increments but have extended to various categories of employees within the TTD.
The Board’s decisions include a wage hike for 70 contract laddu tray lifting semi-skilled and unskilled workers in the TTD Potu department. Their wages have been increased from Rs 12,523 to Rs 15,000. Additionally, the salaries of 51 Vedic teachers working in TTD schools have been raised from Rs 35,000 to Rs 54,000.
In a move that addresses the living conditions of TTD employees, house site allotments, pending for the past 15 years, have been allocated to all 7,000 regular employees and 4,000 retired employees. This development has been widely appreciated, winning the hearts of employees who had been awaiting this resolution for an extended period.
Nagarjuna, the leader of TTD employees, expressed satisfaction with the large-scale benefits provided for the first time to employees across various categories. This landmark decision is expected to positively impact the lives of TTD employees and their families, including dependents and extended family members.
With approximately 1 lakh TTD employees and their families constituting a significant portion of the total 2.98 lakh voters in Tirupati, the Chairman’s initiatives are poised to leave a lasting impact on the socio-economic landscape of the region. The developments under Bhumana Karunakar Reddy’s leadership reflect a commitment to the well-being of the dedicated workforce contributing to the functioning of TTD.