Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government decided to provide land and financial assistance to Odisha Kulta Samaj for construction of a dharmasala (lodge) in pilgrim town Puri.
A delegation of Odisha Kulta Samaj comprising members from Boudh, Sonepur, Sambalpur and Brajrajnagar today met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence in Bhubaneswar and requested him to allot a land in Puri for a proposed dharmasala that will provide accommodation to devotees belonging to Kulta community.
Placing their demand before the CM, the delegation said that Odisha Kulta Samaj has been playing a key role in establishment of Jagannath temples and promotion of Jagannath culture in villages dominated by Kulta community in the state.
As lakhs of devotees from Kulta community visit Puri Dham every year, the organisation urged the CM to provide a land for construction of a lodge in the pilgrim town where they can stay and host various religious programmes.
Accepting their request, CM Patnaik directed Puri Collector to identify the land at proper location in Puri town within a week.
He also assured the delegation of taking initiative to sanction funds from the government for construction of the dharmasala in Puri.
Patnaik directed the district administration to oversee the project so that the construction work of Kulta Samaj’s lodging will be completed in a year.
After meeting CM, the Kulta Samaj members expressed their gratitude to the state government for development of Nrusinghanatha Peeth under 5T programme.