Puri: Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today approved an annual budget of Rs 102 crore for Puri Srimandir in 2019-20 fiscal year.
The temple management committee gave nod to the yearly budget of the historic shrine during a high-level meeting chaired by Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb here today.
“An annual budget of Rs 102 crore for 2019-20 fiscal year has been approved by the Srimandir temple management committee today,” said SJTA Chief Administrator, Pradipta Mohapatra to the media after the passage of the budget.
Of the total budget, Rs 78 crore has been allocated for the expenditure of the 12th-century shrine, while Rs 38 crore has been allocated for devotees’ expenditure, he said.
The temple management committee has also earmarked Rs 5 crore as expenditure for servitors’ welfare programmes, such as healthcare and pension and Rs 6 crore for the annual Rath Yatra (Car Festival). This apart, Rs 12 lakh per annum has been approved as remuneration to the Puri Gajapati, Mohapatra added.
The SJTA has also fixed a target to generate revenue of over Rs 100 crore from the sale of temple land, auction of stone mines and donations.