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God opens a demat account

Balaji, the world’s richest god at Tirupati, has now opened a demat account to enable devotees to donate shares and securities, after finding it a tedious task to get physical share certificates dropped in Hundi transferred on his name.

Considered the first globally for a shrine management, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has opened demat account (1601010000384828) with the Stock Holding Corporation of India.

PS Reddy, MD and CEO of Central Depositories Service (CDSL), told ET that the innovative move by TTD was primarily aimed at addressing the hassles pertaining to transferring the physical share certificates. “TTD has been receiving physical share certificates as donations by devotees in its open Hundi, which indicates that devotees are interested in donating shares. –from ET

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