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Special pilgrimage train for senior citizens has been flagged off from Sambalpur station

Bhubaneswar:7/12/18: A special pilgrimage train for senior citizens, under the Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana (BNTYY), has been flagged off from Sambalpur station by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday.

The train, flagged off through video conferencing today from the state secretariat, will take senior citizens to Rameshwaram and Madurai in Tamil Nadu. As many as 970 senior citizens from the western region of the state boarded the train.

Briefing media persons, Odisha Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said, “The Odisha government had decided to start pilgrimage trains for senior citizens under the Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana.”

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“Keeping that promise, it is being implemented since 2016 and including today’s it is the eighth pilgrimage train. In the previous years, there were three such trains while from this year it will be six trains,” Panda said and added that the next pilgrimage train will be flagged off in January next year.”

Notably, senior citizens from below poverty line (BPL) categories are given 100 per cent concessions under the BNTYY scheme. People in the age group of 60-75 years are eligible to avail the benefit of the plan.

The Odisha government has also signed an MoU with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation for the pilgrimage plan on the basis of which the company will provide all requisite facilities to the pilgrims in the train.

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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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