Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday flagged off a special train from Bhubanewsar to Kolkata and Kamakhya with 1,000 pilgrims onboard under Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra scheme.
The elderly pilgrims belong to five districts. Initiated in 2016, the programme has so far ensured safe pilgrimage for 11,000 senior citizens of the State through 11 special trains to various religious places across the country.
The Odisha Tourism Department introduced the initiative for the poor and deprived senior citizens of the State.
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.
Around 11,000 senior citizens have been benefitted from the scheme. They 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.