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Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra assigned as the new Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple

Bhubaneswar:11/6/18: The Odisha government today appointed Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra as the new Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Puri.

Mohapatra, a 1988-batch IAS officer, has replaced Pradeep Kumar Jena, who was in the eye of storm after news about the key of Ratna Bhandar (treasury) of Puri Jagannath temple went missing cropped up.

According to an official release, Mohapatra, currently serving as Principal Secretary of School and Mass Education Department, has been given additional charge of SJTA Chief.

The non-availability of keys of Ratna Bhandar had drawn flak, with Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati of Govardhan Peeth having demanded a probe into the case.

At a meeting of the Sri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee on April 4, it was recorded that the keys of the inner chambers of the treasury had gone missing.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Monday, had ordered a judicial probe into the circumstances leading to non-availability of the keys of Ratna Bhandar and asked to complete it within three months.

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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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