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Jagannath Temple Administration hikes Salary of Temporary Staff

Puri, Jan 17: In a bid to please the Jagannath temple employees ahead of the famous Nabakalebar festival in Puri, the temple administration has decided to hike the monthly wages of its temporary staff.

The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) that called for a meeting today has raised the monthly salaries of class III temporary employees to Rs 10, 400 and Rs 9,000 for the class IV staff.

Earlier, the temple administration had assured the employees for a pay hike on Dec 17 last year after they went on strike backed by the temple sevayats demanding higher salary and regularisation of their services.

Besides the pay hike of the temporary employees, the meeting also decided to acquire the land belonging to mutts for the expansion of roads on the four sides of Jagannath temple ahead of the world famous festival. The compensation will be deposited in a joint account in bank in the name of the mutt authorities and the Jagannath temple.

The meeting also discussed about the proposed medical college in Puri and for this proposal they will select the land under Samagara, Malatipatapur and Sipasarubali mouzas. The members also discussed the process of identification of Daru, which will begin on March 29.

However, Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, skipped the meeting.

The meeting was presided over by Mahimohan Tripathy, former chief administrator of the temple. Among others, Bikash Kumar Mohapatra, chief of the temple administration, district collector Arvind Agrawal, SP Ashish Kumar Singh and other members were present.

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