Ranchi, Nov. 12: Iterating his commitments for the poor and marginalized people of the state, Chief Minister Raghubar Das today flagged off a train carrying 1000 pilgrims of over 60 years of age from BPL families at the Hatia railway station.
The CM said that under the Chief Minister Pilgrimage Scheme, senior citizens of over 60 years from Kolhan division, North Chotanagpur, Santhal Pargana and Palamu will be sent on pilgrimage.
He said that this scheme is for all sects and communities of the society. Senior people will be sent to Tirupati, Ajmer Sharif and other shrines. He said that one attendant is allowed with every pilgrim to ensure their proper care. Nodal officers are sent with group of people. IRCTC will also look after the old age people.
Art and Culture Minister Amar Kumar Bauri said that it was a remarkable moment to see off these poor people heading for the pilgrimage. The smile of these people is satisfying.
The CM handed over tickets and kits to two pilgrims and flagged off the train.
Mandar MLA Gangotri Kujur, Development Commissioner. Amit Khare and Tourism Secretary Rahul Sharma were present on the occasion.