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Naveen Patnaik flagged off pilgrimage train for senior citizens under the Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana

Bhubaneswar:6/10/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today flagged off the 7th special pilgrimage train for senior citizens under the Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana (BNTYY) through video conferencing from the Secretariat here.

As many as 1,000 senior citizens from four districts boarded the special train from Balasore railway station. The CM interacted with the senior citizens and wished them a happy journey. The senior pilgrims will visit Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Mathura during their trip.


Expressing her gratitude, Ambika Mohanty of Rasabidyadharpur said she would never forget the service offered to them by the Chief Minister. “The CM has provided us the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage. It’s a great accomplishment in our lifetime,” the senior citizen added.

While about 3,000 senior citizen pilgrims of Odisha are having the pilgrimage opportunity through three special trains in a year fully sponsored by the State Government, from this year onwards it will be enhanced to six and 6000 beneficiaries will reap the benefit.

Under the BNTYY, three special trains leave for pilgrimage in phase wise from Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Sambalpur. From this year, three more trains will start journey from Balasore, Titilagarh and Rayagada.

Notably, the Odisha Tourism Department has earlier successfully organized six trips under this scheme and 6000 senior citizens have already availed the benefits.

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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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