At the time of formation of the State of Andhra Pradesh in 1956, there were two enactments for administering the Hindu Religious and Charitable Institutions viz., The Madras Act 19/1951 for Andhra area and the Hyderabad Endowments Regulations 1939 for Telangana area. With a view to have a uniform law throughout the State, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has enacted a new Endowments Act in 1966. Subsequently this Act was also repealed by enacting the present Act in 1987 on the recommendations of Justice Challa Kondaiah Commission. This Act has also gone into several amendments and a major amendment took place in 2007.
MAIN OBJECTIVES OF ENDOWMENTS DEPARTMENT
- To administer Hindu Temples, Mutts, Peetams and other Charitable Institutions and Endowments
- To ensure proper administration of these institutions and appropriating their income for which they were established.
- To protect the properties of Hindu temples and other charitable Institutions.
- TEMPLES (CONTROL, SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATION OF TEMPLES AND CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS)
- The Endowments Department has a 3-tier system of administration for temples and Charitable Institutions
- Temples having an annual income of less than Rs.2.00 Lakhs are under the administrative control of Assistant Commissioner.
- Temples having an annual income of more than Rs.2.00 Lakhs but below Rs.25.00 Lakhs are under the administrative control of Deputy Commissioner.
- Temples having an annual income of more than Rs.25.00 Lakhs are under the administrative control of the Commissioner.
- In the case of Mutts and Dharmadayams, the Commissioner is having the administrative control irrespective of their income.
The following institutions, category-wise, have been published under section 6 of the Act.
- 6(a) institutions whose annual income is Rs.25.00 lakhs and above115
- 6(b) institutions whose annual income is between Rs.2.00 lakhs to Rs.25.00 lakhs794
- 6(C) institutions whose annual income is below Rs.2,00,000/-22,788
- 6(d) Muts135
- 6(e) Dharmadayams2
- Total 23,834