Bhubanswar: In view of the extended lockdown till May 3, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 5,000 each to the temple servitors’ families.
“As the Shreemandir has been shut for public, the servitors devoted to service of Lord Jagannath are going through financial hardship. So, the SJTA Chief Administrator has made a provision of Rs 5,000 as financial aid to each servitor’s family,” said SJTA Administrator (Rituals) Jitendra Sahu on Friday.
With this move, a total of 2,130 servitors of the temple would be benefited. The money would be sent to bank accounts of the servitors through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme.
The SJTA would spend about Rs 1,06,50,000 for financial assistance towards the servitors, Sahu added.
The Shreemandir is closed since March 20, just a day before announcement of total lockdown in five districts and eight towns, including Puri. Later, a nationwide lockdown was announced from March 25 till April 14, which was extended till May 3.