The Deepotsav event at Ayodhya which was started by the Yogi Adityanath government in UP three years ago had caught the attention of the world for its grandeur and unparalleled arrangements of diyas and lamps. The Deepotsav has become an international event and to accord the importance due to it, the UP government has made it a state government affair.
For the last two years, Deepotsav was organised and funded by the state tourism department. With this decision, Deepotsav will now be directly funded by the state government. The decision to this was taken in a state cabinet meeting here on Tuesday.
Briefing the media, state government spokesperson Srikant Sharma said that from this year, the Deepotsav function would be a state government affair when it was organised by the state tourism department in the past two years. “The government has sanctioned Rs 133 crore for this year’s Deepotsav programme where over 5.51 lakh diyas would be lightened on October 26,” he said. With turning the Deepostav programme a state sponsored programme, the Chief Minister has also announced that all the money spent in the event would be thoroughly audited as per the norms.
Meanwhile, UP government has made elaborate arrangements for the Deepotsav this time when Yogi Adityanath would grace the occasion on October 26. Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji is likely to be the chief guest on the occasion.