The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the trust which manages the world's richest temple Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, is apparently seeking technical support from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for the adoption of e-transactions to provide "enhanced services for the visiting pilgrims."
"As a way to hold accountability and ease day to day transactions, the TTD Board has made arrangements for e-donations, e-hundi, e-publications, e-challan, e-darshan, e-accommodation and e-seva," said a Trust official, according to the Financial Express.
The temple Rs 1,100 crore in annual contributions in the form of cash, jewellery, gold, silver, property deeds and demat share transfers. and gets approximately Rs 3 crore in day-to-day donations
A technical collaboration between TCS and the TTD board is already in place as the latter supplies services in the places of ladoo prasadam distribution, lodging, darshan and novels.
"The online booking, arjitha seva tickets, lodging, e-hundi, demat, e-books are merely a few to mention. But nonetheless there is ways to go and need to incorporate the system by developing a next generation application," a TTD board member said.
The temple has seen a jump in inflows because the November 8 statement that declared Rs 1,000 notes as and Rs 500 prohibited bid.
The "next-generation application" is directed at incorporating futuristic technologies and data analytics for donor management and improve system operating procedures.
"TCS, as a part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, is working with TTD towards enriching better pilgrim encounter and executed various developments, including new on-line web portal enabling more rapid booking of sevas, darshan, refining donor management system, better system operating procedures, etc," a TCS representative said.