Srimandir reforms: Special committee to examine SC proposals


Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Saturday decided to constitute a special committee to decide on the 12-point reforms proposed by the Supreme Court.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the temple management committee chaired by Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb, said chief administrator Pradipta Mohapatra.

The special committee will analyse three of the 12 directives issued by the apex court. The committee will discuss matters relating to hereditary service of servitors and receiving of donation. Besides, the committee will also discuss changes in Srimandir rules.

While Gajapati Maharaja will be the chairman of the committee, chief temple administrator, district collector and superintendent of police (SP) will be the members. The committee will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on September 5.

The committee has also decided to appeal the Supreme Court to grant some more time to discuss on the concerned matter.

Moreover, a sub-committee has been formed to decide on the issues relating to the issuance of identity cards to servitors and assistants for devotees.

While the Brahma Parivartan fiasco report is expected to be submitted in the last week of this month, the report will be presented during the next managing committee meeting and it would be made public, sources said.

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