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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Puri: Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has set a target for enhancing corpus fund of Puri Srimandir to Rs 1000 crore by 2023.

Since earning from bank interest is not sufficient, other measures like putting up Srimandir donation boxes (hundis) at airports, railway stations and other important places will be undertaken, said SJTA Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar on Wednesday.

The decision has been taken in the finance sub-committee meeting chaired by the Chief Administrator in the Piligrim City on Wednesday. A budget of around Rs 202 Crore of Srimandir for 2021-22 has been approved in the meeting. It will be considered in the next meeting of the Srimandir management committee for approval.

It has also been decided in the meeting that income of the temple will be augmented by leasing out stone quarries in the name of the Lord.

“We are planning to generate revenues of around Rs 10 crore in the current year by granting stone quarry leases. Srimandir has a corpus fund of over Rs 650 crore. We have planned to enhance the amount to Rs 750 crore in the next year and set a target to augment the amount to Rs 1000 crore by 2023,” said Kumar.

According to SJTA sources, Rs 11 crore has been allocated for the upcoming Rath Yatra. A servitor welfare scheme will be implemented soon under which critically ill servitors and their families will be provided immediate monetary assistance by the administration.

“We also have recommended a servitor welfare fund in which we will allocate Rs 5 crore every year. The amount will be fixed and the interest will be spent in the welfare of the servitors,” added Kumar.

This apart, an outlay of Rs 50 has also been earmarked for expenditure on health exigencies of the sevayats.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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