Rs 102 crore budget for Puri Srimandir approved

Puri: Puri Srimandir management committee chaired by Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb approved an annual budget of Rs 102 crore for 2019-20 fiscal year today.

“An annual budget of Rs 102 crore for 2019-20 fiscal year has been approved by the Srimandir temple management committee today,” said Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Pradipta Mohapatra while briefing the media after the meeting.

Mohapatra further said that Rs 78 crore, of the total budget, has been earmarked for the expenditure of the 12th-century shrine and Rs 38 crore has been allocated for devotees’ expenditure.

This apart, the temple management committee has also approved Rs 5 crore as expenditure for servitors’ welfare programmes, such as healthcare and pension and Rs 6 crore for the famous annual Rath Yatra (Car Festival). Besides, Rs 12 lakh per annum has been approved as remuneration to the Puri Gajapati, Mohapatra added.

Moreover, the committee has also fixed a target to generate revenue of over Rs 100 crore from the sale of temple land, auction of stone mines and donations, Mohapatra further said.

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