Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government will launch a scheme aimed at facilitating visits of senior citizens to pilgrimage spots this month with the first batch of travellers to be sent to Shirdi (Maharashtra).
    
"Under the 'Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojna', first batch of pilgrims will be sent for Shirdi pilgrimage on January 15," a government official said on Thursday.

As per the scheme, persons of or above 60 years of age from BPL category will be able to avail the facility of the pilgrimage free of cost. In the first stage of the scheme, 20,000 people will be provided with the facility.

"The government has fixed the quota system for each district for the number of visitors while the group strength in first batch will be limited to 1,000," the official said. The state social welfare department, the nodal agency for organising the trip, has directed the district collectors for the implementation of scheme.

For the convenience of pilgrims, boarding facilities will be provided at different stations nearby their places, the official said.

(Agencies)

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