Bhubaneswar/Sambalpur: Nearly 1,000 senior citizens today boarded a special pilgrim train from Sambalpur to Rameshwaram and Madurai in south India’s Tamil Nadu as part of the Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana, a pilgrimage programme for senior citizens.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today flagged off the train through video conferencing at the Secretariat here.
The State Tourism Department introduced the initiative for the poor and deprived senior citizens of the State for realisation of their lifelong dream of having one Tirtha Darshan (Pilgrimage) and fulfills their spiritual aspirations, with the support of the State in 2016.
This scheme will be offered to people of all regions/faith, said the State Tourism Department release.
The scheme helps senior citizens over 60-75 years of age to undertake pilgrimage at Government assistance.