Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 14:
The Odisha government has decided to include all devotees, temple servitors and government employees under accident insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh during the Nabakalebara Rath Yatra scheduled on July 18.
In the event of unnatural death of any devotee, servitor, Shri Jagannath temple employee and government employee during the Yatra, the kin of the deceased would be provided accident insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh each.
“If any any devotee, servitor, Shri Jagannath temple employee and government employee dies of unnatural death due to terrorist attack, building collapse, stampede and drowning in and around Sri Gundicha temple and areas coming under Puri Municipality, the families of the deceased would be provided with Rs 5 lakh each. All devotees, temple servitors and government employees would be included under the accident insurance cover by the New India Assurance company. The insurance cover would remain valid from Netrotsav to the Niladri Vije of the Lords,” chief administrator, Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Suresh Chandra Mohapatra told the media on Monday.
He also said the state government has also decided to extend the accident insurance coverage for the devotees visiting Shri Jagannath temple for one year.
“Besides, the servitors and employees of Shri Jagannath temple would also get insurance coverage for one year”, he added.