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Justice Das panel submits second report on Srimandir reforms to govt




 Justice BP Das Commission of Inquiry, formed for suggesting reforms in Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri, submitted its second interim report to the State government today.

The panel suggested several measures for widespread propagation of history and culture of Lord Jagannath. Secretary of the panel BP Parija submitted the 48-page report to the State Law Minister. Justice Das said the panel has recommended several ways to promote and propagate ancient culture of Lord Jagannath.  Besides, steps suggesting various welfare measures for the servitors of Srimandir and other reforms for the temple have also been mentioned in the report.

The commission in its first interim report on April 20, 2017 had recommended steps on strengthening security inside the temple by deploying additional security forces. Besides, it had also suggested other infrastructural developments like widening of roads around the temple to ensure easy movement of ambulances, deployment of fire tenders for exigencies, sanitation and cleanliness inside the temple.

Notably, the commission was set up by the State government in January 2016. The commission had devised six terms of reference including overall security of the temple, security of the servitors, enhancement of aesthetic quality and beautification of the temple, propagation of Jagannath culture, etc to suggest reforms.






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