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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off the fifth Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Train

 Bhubaneswar/ Berhampur:4/1/18; Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off the fifth Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra train (pilgrimage train for senior citizens) here at the State Secretariat on Thursday through video conferencing which left Berhampur station.

As many as 997 senior citizens from 10 southern districts including Kandhamal, Boudh, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Ganjam boarded the train. They are slated to visit Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and Vellore (Tamil Nadu) and will return on January 9.

Tourism Minister Ashok Panda, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Surya Narayan Patro, Skill Development & Technical Education Minister Usha Devi and local MLAs were present at the Berhampur railway station and flagged off the train.

Pilgrims within the age group of 60-75 years can get the benefit under the scheme. While the pilgrims from below poverty line (BPL) categories can avail 100 per cent concessions under the scheme, non-BPL pilgrims (except income tax payee) in the age group of 60-70 years can avail 50 per cent concessions while those above 70 and up to 75 years can get 70 per cent concessions.

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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