Assam Govt to Conduct Annual Tour for 3,000 Pilgrims
Guwahati: The BJP government in Assam will conduct a pilgrimage tour for3,000peopleeveryyearwhoseannual income is below ₹ 2.5 lakh.
The ‘Punnyadham Yatra’, as it is christened, is scheduled to start in October 2 this year and will continue till February 28, 2018. Senior citizens will be taken to JagannathTempleinOdisha,MathuraVrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, Ajmer Sarif Dargah in Rajasthan and Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir as part of this package.
Assam tourism minister HimantaBiswaSarmasaid: “Selected 3,000 pilgrims will travel in groups of 100 and each group will select one destination. Two persons fromafamilywillbeeligible for consideration under the scheme. The government will provide accommodation to pilgrims and free railway transportation in AC threetier.” “Pilgrims will be provided ₹ 150 per day. The group can take three guides with them who will be paid ₹ 500 each per day. The guides must be educated youth of the locality from which the group comes from,” he said.
The ‘Punnyadham Yatra’, will start in October 2 & continue till February 28, 2018
HIMANTA BISWA SARMA