A Srimandir Adarsh Gurukul Society will be formed to establish and manage the proposed institution.
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Gurukul’s proposal was approved at the first meeting of the newly formed temple management committee headed by Gujpati Maharaja Divyasingh Dev. Gajapati Maharaja will be the chairman or president of the proposed Gurukul, for which the SJTA has already identified 17 acres of land, Krishna Kumar, chief administrator of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), said after the meeting.
He said the proposed gurukula would be registered under the Society Registration Act of the state government and efforts were being made to introduce it from the 2022-2 academic year.
A Gurukul fund will be set up for the establishment and operation of the institution, he said, adding that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has already announced that the state government will initially provide Rs 20 crore for this purpose.
“We had earlier received some money from the Supreme Court for setting up a gurukula. This money will be used for this purpose, ”Kumar said.
He said the SJTA would hand over the land to the society and the legal aspect was being scrutinized before any agreement could be reached in this regard. Apart from Gajapati Maharaj, the Chief Minister, Puri District Collector, SJTA Administrator and a few other eminent persons will be members of the society who will be responsible for setting up and running the Gurukul.
A chartered accountant and members of the services community will also be members of the society, he added, adding that a non-profit organization will be tagged to run the gurukula and an MoU will be signed to this end.
The meeting also approved free houses for temple servants. “We have identified 8 acres for this purpose and each family will get a plot of about 600 square feet and Rs 2 lakh for house construction,” he said.
Beneficiary servants will be selected based on their financial status and those who are engaged in the daily rituals of Puri Srimandir.
He said applications would be sought from the servicers and in the first phase, houses would be allotted to serv00 servicers.
Kumar said the repair, maintenance and preservation work of the 12th century temple will be done in a five-year restoration plan drawn up by the SJTA and the Archaeological Survey of India. If necessary, the state government will bear the additional cost of the recovery work.
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