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Public hearing held at the office of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration faced large-scale protest

Puri:10/8/18: The public hearing held at the office of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) here seeking proposals and suggestions on Srimandir reforms faced large-scale protest by a group of servitors today.

A few minutes after commencement of the public hearing, the servitors along with some locals staged a protest inside the office alleging improper way of conducting the hearing. They questioned as to why the three-member committee called people one by one and discussed with them in a closed room?

As per the Supreme Court’s recommendations, the SJTA had issued a notification seeking suggestions, either in written or verbally, on Srimandir reforms. Accordingly, the three-member panel expert panel headed by former temple administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra conducted the public hearing.

After the public hearing, the panel will study the existing norms and other welfare activities undertaken at major shrines including Vaishno Devi in the country and submit a report to the State Government.

It may be mentioned here that resentment has been brewing among temple servitors and the SJTA after the apex court directed to implement measures like abolition of appointment of servitors on heredity basis, management of the temple’s Roshaghara (kitchen) by SJTA and queuing system for hassle free Darshan

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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