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Centre assures All Possible Assistance to Odisha for Nabakalebara

Bhubaneswar, March 21: The Centre has assured to provide all possible help to Odisha for the famous Nabakalebara festival, scheduled to begin from March 29. The event will also be promoted globally to attract more pilgrims to Puri during the holy festival.

After reviewing the preparation work for Nabakalebara, Union minister for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma said that Centre will support the state government for the smooth conduct of the festival of Lord Jagannath.

While Odisha government has been accusing the Centre of doing step-motherly attitude towards the state for making any provision for the Nabakalebara in the Union Budget 2015, Sharma said that the state government had demanded Rs 52 crore for the event, and the Centre approved Rs 50 crore. Also more allocations will be given if required.

The steps are being taken to observe the festival as an international event and promote Odisha on the international tourism map, he said after the meeting at the state secretariat here today.

He launched a scheme called "Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation". Under this scheme, the infrastructure will be developed at the pilgrimage sites across the country.

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