Puri: As Odisha continues its fight against coronavirus pandemic, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration’s Chief Administrator Dr Krishan Kumar has written to ACS Health PK Mohapatra to declare the staffs of SJTA as Covid Warriors.
As per the letter, the SJTA employees are involved in discharging various duties during covid pandemic. “This includes taking care of the COVID positive persons in Institutional Isolation Facility (IIF) at Nilachala Bhakta Nivas, assisting the medical teams in vaccination of sevayats &employees. Besides they are continuously exposed to members of public while assisting performance of Nitis inside &outside the temple, looking after the boarding, lodging and accommodation of Rathakhala sevaks.”
He also mentioned that two personnel of the Jagannath Temple Police — Pruthimanyu Dash (58) & Pramod Kumar Dash (59) have succumbed to coronavirus. Hence, he demanded necessary financial assistance to the families of the deceased JTPs.