Bhubaneswar: Around 1000 elderly people today boarded a special pilgrim train from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata-Kamakhya under Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana, a pilgrimage programme for senior citizens.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off the eleventh trip of the pilgrimage initiative of the State Government. The Chief Minister wished all the senior citizens on board a happy and safe journey.
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 offers pilgrimage facilities 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.
So far, around 11,000 senior citizens have travelled in 11 special trains from Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Balasore and Titlagarh in Odisha to Rameswaram, Madurai, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Rishikesh, Haridwarm Ajmer, Pushkar, Tirupati, Vellore, Shirdi, Nasik, Trimbakeshwar, Agra, Mathura and Fatehpur Sikri.