PURI: The Shri Jagannath Temple Management Committee approved a budget of Rs 190 crore for the 2021-22 fiscal year at its meeting here on Tuesday.
The chief administrator of the administration of the Shri Jagannath Temple (SJTA), Dr Krishan Kumar, said that there is a surplus of income of 21 crore rupees. Income income is set at Rs 106 crore while expenses are estimated at Rs 85 crore.
On the income side, he said, at least Rs.37 crore will be accrued from interest on Corpus, Foundation and Temple funds. Another Rs 15 crore is expected from the auction of stone quarries belonging to the temple for which the necessary environmental clearance has been obtained. These careers will be awarded to the highest bidders at auction for a period of five to ten years, Kumar said.
The temple administration seeks to earn around Rs 60 crore from the sale of land for various projects. “We hope to add another Rs 70 crore to the various pools such as Corpus, Foundation and Temple funds, bringing the total to Rs 750 crore,” he added. Currently it stands at Rs 675 crore.
A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to mine and market Khondalite stones from two temple quarries that brought in very little income. The state PSU will raise and sell the Khondalite stones which are also in demand for temple work.
More income is expected after the rental rates for 600 acres of cashew forests allocated to the Odisha State Cashew Corporation long ago were revised. The chief administrator further informed that negotiations are underway with Apollo Hospitals to provide comprehensive health care for temple servants and officials. Specialists and doctors from the company hospital will hold health check-up camps. In addition, talks are underway for cuts on drugs and diagnostic services.
A uniform policy of selling land to residents who have acquired it and who have lived there for decades is under consideration. The sales policy supervised in 2003, which has seen slow progress, will be simplified and prices revised. A land sales department will be formed, he said.
A new donor has offered to donate money to decorate the doors of other temples located inside the Srimandir complex. Seven new online giving programs will be launched for donors around the world. The dress code for temple servants and officials should be introduced after Diwali. The meeting also decided to improve the quality and quantity of the ingredients used in the preparation of various offerings to the deities.
Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb chaired the meeting attended by members of the SJTA Servant Community Management Committee and SJTA Leaders.