RA­JASTHAN BE­COMES FIRST STATE TO LAUNCH ALL-EX­PENSES PAID PIL­GRIM­AGE BY AIR FOR SE­NIOR CIT­I­ZENS

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Ra­jasthan Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje has an­nounced a pro­gramme that fa­cil­i­tates pil­grim­age via air for nearly 1,000 se­nior cit­i­zens. The Deen­dayal Upad­hyay Var­isht Na­grik Teerth Yo­jana—the first such ini­tia­tive in the coun­try—is aimed at cit­i­zens who are over 70 years of age and can­not af­ford to travel by air. Ap­pli­cants are picked through lottery. The first batch of pil­grims left for Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh from Jaipur air­port in Fe­bru­ary. The state gov­ern­ment had also made lodg­ing and food ar­range­ments for the 30 pil­grims. From the time the ini­tia­tive has been an­nounced, 110 pil­grims for Tirupati, 357 for Rameswaram, 13 for Sammed Shikhar and 225 for Ja­gan­nath Tem­ple in Puri have been se­lected for this pro­gramme that in­tends to help se­nior cit­i­zens to un­der­take long pil­grim­ages, in a shorter time and in a more con­ve­nient man­ner.

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