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‘Govt will review Supreme Court’s order on proper management of donations to Shree Mandir’

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Supreme Court passed a slew of directions for proper management of the Jagannath Temple in Puri and to prevent exploitation of devotees there, State Law Minister Pratap Jena on Saturday said that the State Government will review the SC’s order, including the direction on proper management of donations to the temple.

“The State Government will review the Supreme Court’s order on proper management of donations to Puri Shree Mandir and take appropriate steps in this regard,” said Jena.

The Jagannath Temple, Puri falls under the administrative jurisdiction of the Law Department.

On Friday while hearing a petition on mismanagement at the 12th century shrine, the apex court also sought a report from the Puri District Judge on the difficulties faced by visitors to the temple and asked him to monitor the footages of already CCTV installed in the temple on a monthly basis.

The SC ordered the Odisha Government to form a committee to study the practices followed by the administration of other religious shrines such as Vaishnodevi, Somnath Temple and Golden Temple, and incorporate these best practices in the management of the Jagannath temple.

The SC also appointed senior advocate Gopal Subramanium as amicus curie to assist the court in framing guidelines for managing the affairs of Jagannath temple.

Meanwhile, following the SC order, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) pasted notice in the temple asking servitors not to collect dakhina and donations from the devotees.

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