Bhubaneswar, Jan 05: Odisha government played a masterstroke in an attempt to please the the servitors of Shri Jagannath temple for the smooth conduct of the upcoming Nabakalebara festival scheduled in July this year, by announcing a series of welfare schemes for them.
Addressing the reporters here on Monday after a meeting on Nabakalebara festival, chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced several schemes for the servitors, who had expressed their resentment against the temple administration and government over several issues.
Patnaik said that a model public school would be set up in Puri town where the children of the servitors would be provided free education to compete with other students in this time. The school would provide courses on Vedic education besides the regular curriculum.
At the meeting, it was also decided to provide a monthly scholarship (ranging from Rs 100-500) for the children of the servitors studying in class I to X. The scholarship amount would be up to Rs 25,000 for those studying technical education.
The CM also announced that 8900 members of 1930 servitors families would be under the insurance, which would be upto Rs 2 lakh for seven members of a family for which Rs 60 lakh would be incurred as annual premium.
Apart from this, houses would be provided to the landless and homeless servitors of the temple. The government has already identified five acres of land in the town for this purpose.