Barishta Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana in Odisha
The Barishta Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana specially designed for the senior citizens of the state Odisha who want to go for pilgrimage in safe and secured manner at subsidized prices.
The First Tour Fixture of Barishta Nagarika Tirtha Yatra
After conducting a meeting with various state higher officials, Tourism Minister Mr. Ashok Panda announced that first trip of Barishta Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana will be from Berhampur to Rameswaram and Madurai, where those destination places located in Tamil Nadu, South India. Also, the estimated cost for completing this holy journey would be around Rs.18,000 per person which includes the cost for lodging, food and other transportations.
Facts about Barishta Nagarika Tirtha Yatra
|1||Scheme Name||Barishta Nagarika Tirtha Yojana|
|2||Launched By||Odisha Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik|
|3||Launched Date||25th of July 2016|
|4||Place of Launch||Ganjam District|
|5||Eligibility for senior citizen to Join this Yojana||Must be above 60 Years Old and must be a domicile of Odisha|
|6||Concession for BPL Pilgrims||Pilgrims above 60 years from BPL families will get 100% concession|
|7||Concession for NON-BPL pilgrims who aged over 70||75% Concession|
|8||Facilities||Vegetarian Meals along with drinking water, Accommodations, special travel kit, Travel Insurance and so|
|9||Who handles the complete tour package||IRCTC|
To start off this Yojana, the Chief Minister flagged off the train which is taking around 1000 pilgrims to Rameswaram and Madurai. Under this Yojana the pilgrims who are travelling by these pilgrimage trains to Rameswaram and Madurai will be provided with all the required facilities including doctors, paramedics, guide, and security.
Following table portraits the numbers of pilgrims who to be joined for the first trip
|Places||Numbers of Senior Citizens/Piligrms to Join|
On upcoming event, trips from Haridwar-Rishikesh, Rameswaram-Madurai and Allahabad-Varanasi will be carried under this Yojana where the senior citizen pilgrims will enjoy viewing those places for subsidy rate.
Governance and Management
For the better governance and management of the scheme, Odisha government has signed an agreement with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Also the State government will provide proper lodging facilities and foods to the pilgrims. Along with this each of the pilgrims will be given a kit.
The State will arrange accommodation for the pilgrims at Utarewar Bhavan and Gurukul Vidyalaya. And two nodal officers will be appointed to manage the tour and be with the pilgrims all the time, to ensure their safety and guide them. Under this scheme all the pilgrims will be given a hat which will be of green color. The pilgrims have to wear it all the time. This will make it easy for the IRCTC staffs and officers to identify the pilgrims and help them.
Along with flagging off this scheme, the Chief Minister of the State Odisha announced that he will dedicate new bridges at Gahanhu and Baragam- Bhesting Road. He also inaugurated the Sradha Sanjivani Child Home and a new Bus Stand in Gopalpur. It is widely believed that, many states across the country will implement same kind of schemes to attract the senior citizen pilgrims of their own state.