Puri: In a significant decision, Odisha Cabinet today approved amendments to Sri Jagannath Temple Act-1954 to facilitate sale and transfer of lands and immovable property belonging to the Lord.
The amendment will remove certain restrictions therein and delegate power to officials at different levels to facilitate speedy disposal of cases relating to alienation of immovable property and lands of the centuries-old temple.
Earlier, prior approval of the state Government was required for sale, lease and transfer of immovable property and lands belonging to the temple.
Amending the Act, the state Cabinet today gave power to different officials, including Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief, temple working president, temple administrator and deputy administrator, for sale and lease of lands. Hence, the state Government’s permission will not be required for the same.