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Updated On 20-07-2019 12:01:54 ISTUpdated On 20-07-20192019-07-18T07:34:34.501Z18-07-2019 2019-07-18T07:34:30.223Z - 2019-07-20T06:31:54.338Z - 20-07-2019
The practice of VIP break darshan which gave privileged the access to break the queue at Tirumala temple has been abolished. This rule came in with effect on Thursday. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Chairman YV Subba Reddy has announced that a new system will replace the VIP darshan soon so that no one is inconvenienced.
"We have come to a collective decision after many days of deliberation with the EO. From today, the L1, L2, L3 system is being abolished. We do not wish to hurt the feelings of senior dignitaries but we wish to help the regular devotees who stand in long queues for darshan. In front of the deity, everyone is an equal devotee," said Subba Reddy to the media.
The VIP darshan had come under great criticism form devotees in the past as it gave access to influential people to break the queue while others stood in queues for hours together. Many labeled this system discriminatory and had questioned the existence of the system. As per the now-defunct system, the L1 was for VVIPs like ministers, judges, senior officials in the government. The L2 was for TTD employees, their families and other lower cadre government employees. The L3 was a recommendation system where the visitors could gain access to accommodation in Tirumala thanks to a letter from the VVIPs and senior officials. This system has now been abolished.
Putta Sudhakar Yadav, formerf TTD chairman supported this change and said, "I had a problem with the nomenclature before we implemented it. Only the name is VIP, the VIPs are the devotees. It's good that the new chairman is taking decisions, I welcome good decisions."
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