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Rath Yatris travelling to Odisha to seek Lord Jagannath’s blessings have more reason to rejoice:Piyush Goyal

Bhubaneswar:19/12/18: Good news for railway passengers travelling to Puri during Rath Jatra. The Indian Railways has discontinued the Mela Surcharge, which was imposed on passengers during major fairs and festivals across the country, with effective from December 11.

Announcing this on Twitter, Union Minister of Railways today said, “Rath Yatris travelling to Odisha to seek Lord Jagannath’s blessings have more reason to rejoice, as Railways has discontinued the Mela Surcharge that was applicable on major fairs & festivals, thereby making travel more affordable for devotees.”

The railways took this decision ahead of the Kumbh Mela to be held in Allahbad next month.

Sources said the East Coast Railways (ECoR) imposes this extra charge on passengers during Rath Jatra every year. It had collected Rs 30 lakh as surcharge, levied on tickets costing more than Rs 15, during the annual festival in Puri this year.

The ECoR had charged Rs 5 and Rs 20 for second class and sleeper tickets booked in ordinary and mail express trains, respectively. Similarly, passengers who booked AC Chair Car and AC-3 tier tickets were charged Rs 40 while Rs 60 and Rs 80 were collected for AC-2 and AC first class tickets, respectively.

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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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