Judicial Panel For Puri Temple Reforms Submits Interim Report

In what could act as a bold step in protecting the rights of devotees especially women, the Justice Bimal Prasad Das Commission has recommended for measures amendment to the Shri Jagannath Temple Act, 1955.

The Commission in its first interim report submitted to the State Law Minister Arun Sahoo on Thursday, has suggested for measures to punish sevayats who behave in unruly manner with devotees.

Secretary of the Commission B P Parija submitted the report of over 1,000 pages to state government.

"Recommendations starting from  deployment of quick reaction teams and other security measures to thwart any terrorist attack, widening of roads, law and order, fire safety precautions and other measures essential for ensuring hassle-free darshan inside and outside the temple have been made," official source said.

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