When will the Ratna Bhandar of Jagannath temple open, Odisha government formed a new panel

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In March, the previous BJD government had constituted a 12-member committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge Arijit Pasayat to monitor the inventory of jewellery and other valuables stored in the Ratna Bhandar.

The Odisha government has constituted a new high-level committee to oversee the reopening of the Ratna Bhandar for repairs and inventory of valuables at the Jagannath temple in Puri. Law Minister Prithviraj Harichandan said at a press conference on Thursday night (July 4) that the panel was formed as per the direction of the Orissa High Court. In March, the previous BJD government had constituted a 12-member committee led by retired Supreme Court judge Arijit Pasayat to oversee the inventory of jewellery and other valuables stored at the Ratna Bhandar. The BJP government dissolved the Justice Pasayat-led panel and formed the new committee.

High Level Committee reconstituted

A notification issued by the law department said, “A high-level committee headed by Justice Biswanath Rath has been reconstituted to supervise the Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee in making a list of valuables including jewellery stored in the Ratna Bhandaar. The 16-member new committee headed by Justice Biswanath Rath, former judge of the Orissa High Court, will hold its meeting on July 6 (Saturday) in Puri to decide the date of inauguration of the Ratna Bhandaar and prepare modalities for the repair and inventory of the inner chamber and the valuables stored inside it,” Harichandan said.

The minister said the panel will also decide which external agencies will be involved to check the quality of the valuables stored in the treasury of the 12th century temple. As per the recommendation of the committee, the state government will decide its future course of action to reopen the Ratna Bhandar, he said.

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