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Puri Gobardhan Math management to be vested in Jagatguru Shankaracharya

Bhubaneswar, Oct 21 (UNI) Odisha government today decided to make Jagadguru Shankarcharya the manager of Puri Gobardhan Math, excluding it from the Hindu Religious  Endowments Act 1951. The state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved a proposal to amend the Hindu Religious Endowments Act 1951 Act for the purpose. Briefing news persons after the cabinet meeting, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said request from various quarters including the Gobardhan Math was received in this regard.

Mr.Tripathy  said  having regard to the  pre-eminence and unique place occupied by  Gobardhan Math, Puri and  his holiness Srimad Jagatguru  Shankaracharaya among Hindu religious institutions of the state, it was decided to amend the Odisha Hindu Religious  Endowments Act 1951. He said the  long pending requests received from  various quarters  including from the Gobardhan Math as approved by the  managing Committee of the  Sri Jagannath temple, the state  government took the decision.

The proposed amendment shall better upkeep the religious pre-eminence of the holy shrine, the Chief Secretary said. In another decision, the cabinet approved a proposal to transfer the Aviation branch from the General Administration and Public grievance department to Transport and Commerce department.The decision was taken to bring all connectivity network through Rail, Road, Water and Air in the state under a single department  to ensue better connectivity and foster regional economic growth.