Odishatv Bureau

As promised by the Bharatiya Janata Party in its manifesto, all four dwaras (gates) of Puri Jagannath Temple were opened for devotees on Thursday. The gates were opened during the Mangala Alati today in the presence of the Council of Ministers.

Just hours after taking oath as the new Chief Minister of Odisha on Wednesday, Mohan Majhi chaired the first cabinet meeting of the new government and took 4 key decisions in line with the pre-poll promises made by the BJP in its Sankalp Patra.

Why Were The Gates Shut?

The doors of the temple were closed during the Covid pandemic. Later, only the Singhadwara (Lion Gate) was opened for devotees; but Ashwa Dwara (Horse Gate), Vyaghra Dwara (Tiger Gate), Hasti Dwara (Elephant Gate) on the four sides of the temple remained shut.

Following the development, the Puri Srimandir witnessed a huge rush and long queues in front of the Singhadwara. Since then, devotees had been demanding the opening of the gates for smooth darshan of the Holy Trinity.

Opening all four gates of the Srimandir was among the big pre-election promises of the BJP.

What Odisha CM Mohan Majhi Said After Oath-Taking Ceremony?

Detailing several key decisions of the first cabinet meeting, Majhi on Wednesday said, "...Taking into account various problems and the issue of 'Asmita' of Odia people, four major decisions have been taken in the cabinet meeting. Considering the huge rush and inconvenience caused to the large number of devotees at Puri Srimandir, it has been decided that all the four dwaras of Srimandir will be opened during the Mangala Alati tomorrow (Thursday) in the presence of the Council of Ministers as mentioned in the BJP's election manifesto earlier. The decision has been taken to facilitate smooth darshan of the devotees."

Other Important Cabinet Decisions

CM Majhi further said, "There was no proper allocation of funds for the management, beautification and repair of Srimandir earlier. The Cabinet has decided that a corpus fund of Rs 500 crore will be granted for the management, repair and beautification of the Srimandir soon."

The ruling BJP has also decided to bring a special scheme for farmers named 'Samrudha Krushaka Niti'. Under the scheme, the government will take steps to provide MSP of Rs 3,100 per quintal of paddy to the farmers as mentioned in BJP's election manifesto earlier. 

"The concerned department has been ordered to prepare and present a blueprint and guidelines in this regard so that the government could implement it within 100 working days," CM Majhi said.

Stating that the previous government's schemes have failed to empower women, CM Majhi said that the new government will implement Subhadra Yojana for the welfare of women and children in the State. 

"The Cabinet has approved to provide a cash voucher of Rs 50,000 to women under the scheme within 100 days," the new Odisha CM added.

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