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2011-07-20 Date of Meeting :- 20.07.2011 Venue :- Maa Budhi Thakurani Temple premises. participants Dr. Ajit Kumar Mishra, OAS-I (SB) Sub-Collector-cum-President, Maa Budhi Thakurani Development Board. Dr. R.C.C. Pattnaik, Hon’ble M.L.A., Berhampur Sri Siba Sankar Dash, Mayor, B.M.C., Berhampur Smt Jyoti Subudhi, Corporator ward No.9 Sri Sudhansu Sekhar Panda, Advocate, Convener,BTDB Sri Manoj Kant Dash,editor,orissabarta,Advisor,BTDB Sri Sarat Chandra Mohapatro, SDPO, Berhampur, Invite Member. Sri Dr. Subhakanta Das, Health Officer, BMC, Invite Member Sri V. Santosh Kumar, Secretary Ganjam Dist. Hotel Association, Member Sri Siba Prasad Mishra, President, Ganjam Zilla Bikas Manch Sri Nageswar Prusty, Director, U.TV, Joint Secretary, BTDB Sri Rajesh M.Pattnaik,Gen.Secy, GZBM , Legal Advisor, BTDB Sri Ranjit Patro, President, Ganjam & Phulbani Chemist Druggist Association, Member Sri V. Rama Patro, Snake Help line, Member Sri Girija Das, Maa Budhi Thakurani Sri Bhagaban Gantayat, Sebayat , Maa Budhi Thakurani Sri Sanat Panda, S. TV Reporter, Joint Secy. BTDB Sri Surjit Panda, Kamyab TV Reporter, Member Sri Dr.Kiran Kumar Panigrahi, Member Sri Biswanath Patnaik, Secretary, BTDBInitiating the discussions the Sub-Collector-cum-President, Maa Budhi Thakurani Development Board wel-come all the members present in the meeting and expressed his thanks that they have made it convenient to attend this meeting within a short notice. He appraised the members present in the meeting that newly constituted Development Board has the aim for all-round development of Maa Budhi Thakurani Temple, which has his its own history of its own not only for Berhampur Town but also for the near-by / adjacent areas. He appraised the members present that Maa Budhi Thakurani Development Board has been newly registered vide Registration No.G.J.M.No.8178-6/2010-11. He appealed all the members participating in the meeting to give their valuable suggestion and requested their active support to strengthen the Development Board and wished that with the co-operation of every body the long standing desire of the natives of Old Berhampur who have been striving that the temple can become a model can very well be materialized. He also revealed that Sri Sudhansu Sekhar Panda, the senior most Advocate of Berhampur and Ex-President of Berhampur Bar Association had gone to RDC (SD), Berhampur last month for constitution of a Development Board and as per the kind instructions of the RDC (SD), such a Board has been formed. He informed that R.D.C.(SD) has categorically instructed that the first meeting be concerned inside the temple premises and the views and opinion / suggestions given by the members will be documented and placed before the RDC(SD) as well as Collector for their kind perusal and instructions there of for necessary follow up action. Sri. Sudhansu Sekhar Panda, welcomed to all the members present and narrated the example that after constitution of Tara Tarini Development Board with the involvement of RDC (SD) and other Govt. servants and reputed people of Ganjam, improvement of Tara Tarini Temple has become eye catching and similarly the newly constituted Maa Budhi Thakurani Development Board has been formed with the same aim that it will bring substantial improvement of Maa Budhi Thakurani Temple. He stated that since last 50 years there is absolutely no major development and improvement either of the temple or of the periphery of the Temple. He also revealed that the Development Board will never interfere with the traditional rituals of the deity and the day to day puja activities of the Sevayats. The motto of the development board is to strive for the outer development of the temple only and he appealed for co-operartion of the every body to make it an ideal place of worship. Dr. R.C.C.Pattnaik, Hon’ble M.L.A. Berhampur revealed that because of the grace of Budhi Thakurani he is representating of Berhampur A/C Constituency for four consecutive times. He expressed that there has been no substantial improvement of the temple over the years and every body of Berhampur should come forward and the initiation taken by the administration for constitution of development board will definitely have a lasting effect. He desired for co-operation of every body. He revealed that proper sanitation and systematic planning are to be done. He also revealed that he will also try to mobiles the funds of other M.L.As and M.Ps. of Ganjam District so that substantial amount can be generated and a master plan can be prepared so that the development work can be taken up in a planned manner. Smt. Jyoti Subudhi, Corporator of BMC expressed her gratitude and thanked the members for constituting Development Board. She expressed her special gratitude to the President and Secretary. She hold that being the local corporator such type of meeting which was her dream. She reveled that by utilizing the M.L.A. (LAD) funds of Hon’ble sitting MLA of Berhampur Assembly Constituency, the existing store room and the Mandap have been constructed and she desired that the development board will expedite further improvement work in a planned manner. Sri Siba Sankar Das, Mayor, BMC congratulated the members of the development board and he assured that there wills always be a helping hand of BMC to see that the development of the surrounding of temple is made in a war footing. He desired the “Nitikanti” of the temple should not be disturbed. He also announced to donate 2 no.of floury light to be affixed inside the temple premises in the larger interest of the temple and the devotees. Sri Sarat Chandra Mohapatro, S.D.P.O., Berhampur expressed his happiness that such type of an initiative has been taken and he give an example that with the initiation of late Sadananda Panigrahi substantial progress was made for Bhairabi Temple over the years whereas the Maa Budhi Thakurani temple is remaining as it is. He revealed that the condition of Budhi Thakurani Temple remains the same what he had seen at the time of his joining at Berhampur some 20 years back. He desired that systematic planning should be made and he expressed that assured income for the temple can be generated by the involvement of the people of Berhampur, who are quite generous to donate for such types of works. Proper co-ordination will give substantial result. Sri V. Santosh Kumar, Secretary Ganjam District Hotel Association revealed that recently a web site of Maa Budhi Thakurani Development Temple has been launched and in the meanwhile many people have come forward to donate for which a Savings Bank Account should be opened and he viewed that income tax exemption may be applied U/s 80G. Besides, he revealed that on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sankranti days, there is huge congregation of the devotees for which proper regulation of traffic for the devotees is required and for this entry fees to this temple should be made to generate funds for the development. He also desired that day to day management committee should be formed so that the day to day problems / matters of the temple can be looked into on every day basis. Sri. Siba Prasad Mishra, President, Ganjam Zilla Bikas Manch welcomed all the participants and praised the initiation of the development board and he revealed that he along with all the members of his manch will give all support and assistance for the development of the temple. He suggested that Prasad may be prepared so that some improvement can be done and the devotees can be attracted. Sri S. Nageswar Prusty, Joint Secretary, BTDB welcomed the formation of the development board and he desired that sanitation inside and out side the temple should be improved. He suggested that there should be traffic regulation on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sankranti days, when the devotees in large numbers used to come. He also wanted that one or two private security guards may be kept outside the temple gate during these days. There should also be proper parking space for the general public and the devotees. Sri Rajesh Mohan Pattnaik, Legal Advisor suggested that at the initial stage 50 to 100 packets of good quality of Prasad can be prepared and that can be sold at a reasonable price to generate funds for the development board. Sri Ranjit Patro, President, Ganjam & Phulbani Chemist and Druggist Association welcomed the formation of the development board and he desired that proper demarcation of the land of Budhi Thakurani should be made so that there should not be any litigation in future. He also suggested that the development board meeting should be conducted every month. Sri Sanat Panda, S.TV Reporter suggested that most of people coming from out side and also from Berhampur Town are quite ignorant about the location of Maa Budhi Thakurani Temple. To over come this problem there should be proper signage / way marks on the road leading to the temple for displaying the location of the Maa Budhi Thakurani Temple so that there should not be any confusion. He also suggested entry ticket with a denomination of Rs.1/ per head. He also suggested too a master plan to be prepared so that the development board can take up follow up action. Sri Surjit Panda, Reporter Kamyab TV welcomed the initiation of the Sub-Collector and other respectable persons of the locality for formation of the development board. He suggested that the entry gate of the temple should be beautified. Besides, there should be separate passage for men and women. Dr. Kiran Panigrahi suggested that shops which are existing out side the temple should be developed / renovated in such a systematic manner that the temple can have its own sanctity. Sri V. Ram Patro, Snake Help line suggested that proper architectural view of the temple should be done. The sanitation aspect should be looked in to in view of the congregation of large number of devotees at the time of Jatra and other occasions of Maa Budhi Thakurani. Sri Girija Das, the Sebayat of Maa Budhi Thakurani desired that massage should spread that the development board has been formed so that the devotees will come forward to donate and this will strengthen the development board. Most of the Sebayats also participated in the meeting. The oldest sebayat, Sri Bhagaban Gantayat revealed that such an initiation should have been taken much before and on hearing about the suggestions made by others and with the formation of development board substantial improvement can be done and he desired the co-opeation of every body. He revealed that the deity has no property of her own and the Sebayats used to bring their own puja samagri and other required materials for the deity and he wished that with the involvement of the officials and unofficial members in the development board substantial improvement of the temple can be achieved and the property of the temple can be increased. Other sebayats also agreed to the contention of Sri Gantayat and expressed their happiness for the initiation of improvement of the temple. Sri Manoj Kanta Das, Editor Odisha Barta revealed that on his personal initiation one website has been opened and it was launched by Sri V.K.Pandian, IAS, Ex-Collector prior to the last Budhi Thakurani Jatra. He informed that by opening this website of Budhi Thakurani with wide spread massage, many responses are coming. Many of the persons from our state and out side of the state and also outside the country are sending their feed back and accordingly replies are being transmitted. He informed that many persons have expressed their desire for donation and the fund can be kept in the development board account for which a new account should be opened which will be operated by President and Secretary of the development board jointly. He suggested that expenditure should be made in transparent manner. He also agreed upon with the suggestion of the SDPO that Utkal Cinema Chaka should be renamed after Maa Budhi Thakurani and there should be proper marking of the way of Budhi Thakurani Temple and this can be resolved by BMC. He also desired that during the Jatra time a lot of hardships are faced by the devotees and persons who are coming, for which proper parking space should be identified and developed. He also revealed that at Berhampur Railway Station there should be a display board highlighting on Budhi Thakurani and the newly constituted Development Board for the general information of the public. Sri Sudhansu Sekhar Panda, Advocate delivered the vote of thanks and appealed for cooperation of all the members present and desired for the generous helping hands of each and every person so that substantial improvement of Maa Budhi Thakurani temple can be done and some other temple related works can be expedited. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to every body with a prayer to get the blessing of Budhi Thakurani followed with the darshan and parikrama of the temple.
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