A huge hue and cry was made on the appointment of North Indian, Anil Singhal as Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer (EO). The officer worked as joint collector in Chittoor earlier. As per TTD guidelines, anyone who has served that capacity is eligible to be EO. He is responsible for the administration of the Board and should take care of the general maintenance of the temple premises, including facilities for devotees. There is no need for him to know Agama Sastras or Telugu language, which are the premises of the priests. Several devotees said that God does distinguish between North and South when it comes to who should serve him.