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Odisha Chief Minister held a meeting to review arrangements for the Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath

Puri:6/7/18; Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today held a meeting to review arrangements for the Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath to be held on July 14 and sought cooperation of all stake holders including the servitors for a smooth conduct of the annual festival.

Though the servitors of Shree Jagannath Temple had earlier decided to boycott Patnaik’s meeting, they later changed their mind and participated in the discussion.

“I have just reviewed the Rath Jatra arrangements. With the Lord’s blessings everything will go well and safe way. I sought cooperation of all for a smooth Rath Jatra,” Patnaik told reporters after the fourth Rath Jatra Coordination Committee meeting.

Usually four Coordination Committee meetings are held every year ahead of the Rath Jatra. The fourth and final meeting is chaired by the chief minister for taking stock of the preparedness for the annual festival.

The meeting was earlier scheduled to be held on July 3 but amidst a boycott call by servitors, it was postponed to today.

Shree Jagannath Sevayat Sammilani, a body of the servitors, appealed to its members on Sunday not to attend the July 3 meeting to protest the alleged attempt to defame them by the Puri district collector.

They, however, attended today’s meeting and submitted a memorandum to the chief minister seeking his intervention into various issues affecting them.

“We decided to attend the chief minister’s meeting as it is held for the Lord’s Rath Jatra. We have no intention to create disturbance during the festival,” said a senior servitor.

During the meeting, Patnaik reviewed the ongoing road works, drinking water facilities, health infrastructure development, transportation, drainage and law and order for Rath Jatra.

On the law and order situation, DGP R P Sharma said at least 135 platoons of police force will be deployed for the Rath Jatra, besides 800 police officers to ensure safety in and outside the Puri temple.

While 163 doctors and 350 health workers will be deployed in Puri for the festival, 200 public health stand posts, 760 tube wells and 35 water tankers will be at the service of the devotees.

The railway authorities have assured the coordination meeting that as many as 186 special trains will run to Puri from various stations across the country.

Patnaik asked the energy department to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the holy town during the festival.

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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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