All four gates of Jagannath Temple to be opened from Thursday, Odisha govt announces a Rs.500 crore corpus fund for the shrine


Bhubaneswar: All four gates of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri will be opened for devotees from Thursday, new Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi said on Wednesday. This was one of the biggest promises of BJP to the people before the polls.

Majhi, who chaired the first cabinet meeting shortly after the BJP government took oath, told reporters that the four doors of the 12th century shrine will be opened on Thursday morning in the presence of the members of the council of ministers.

At the first cabinet meeting of the Mohan Majhi-led government held at Lok Seva Bhawan, four key decisions, aligning with BJP’s pre-poll promises, were made. “Devotees will have access to Puri Jagannath temple through all four gates starting tomorrow morning,” Majhi announced, emphasizing that this decision fulfilled a promise from the BJP’s election manifesto for the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.

The Chief Minister also shared other significant decisions from the meeting. A corpus fund of Rs 500 crore will be established for the comprehensive development of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri. Additionally, the cabinet approved a proposal for a new policy for farmers, Samruddha Krushak Niti, which will increase the minimum support price for paddy to Rs 3,100 per quintal. This policy will be introduced within 100 days.

Furthermore, the cabinet approved the implementation of the Subhadra Yojana within the next 100 days, under which a Rs 50,000 cash voucher will be provided to women across the state, the Chief Minister added.

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