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Rs 154 Cr Budget Approved For Puri Srimandir For 2020-21

Puri:17/11/20 The Sri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee on Tuesday approved Rs 154 crore budget for Srimandir for 2020-21 financial year, informed the temple chief administrator Krishan Kumar. Speaking to media Kumar said, “The income of Srimandir has nosedived due to the current Covid19 pandemic situation, while the temple expenses have increased. In a bid to increase the income of the 12th-century shrine, arrangements will be made for online donations.”

The budget for the temple was tabled today during a high-level meeting chaired by Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb. The gathering was also attended by Puri Collector, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Superintendent archaeologist, and other committee members.

A discussion on the reopening of the temple and how devotees can have darshan of the Deities was made during the meeting. “Arrangements for the holy trinity will be made after, government’s decision on reopening of temples,” the chief administrator informed.

Earlier, a report on Srimandir’s expenses and income was prepared during a high-level meeting between the Finance Sub-committee, Land Sub-committee, Sevayat Kalyan Sub-committee, and Niti Sub-committee.

Notably, for the 2019-2020 financial year, the temple managing committee had allocated Rs 78 crore for various expenses of the temple and anticipated an annual income of Rs 102 crore.

The annual remuneration of the Puri King has also increased to Rs 12 lakh annually from Rs 6 lakh in  2019-20 fiscal. Similarly, Rs 6 crore was allocated towards Rath Yatra. Likewise, Rs 32 crore was spent towards payments to servitors and Rs 28 crore to the various staff at the temple.

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